Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Zielinski Claims Grafton Residence, Records Error
A check with the Cuba Township Assessor's office in Lake County, however, showed Zielinski claiming a homestead exemption at 38 Lakeview Drive (23283 Lakeview under an older address system) for the tax year starting Jan. 1, 2012. That's only available for resident homeowners. Zielinski said the exemption renews automatically and he forgot to tell the Assessor he'd moved. He said he'd already filed an appeal with the Lake County Board of Review to correct the error, "I'm not going to tarnish my image and sink the campaign over a $6,000 assessment credit discrepancy that's in the public domain," said Zielinski in a followup message.
On the other hand, a check with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation still shows Zielinski as a licensed Certified Resdidential Real Estate Appraiser in Barrington.
The Illinois Township code requires an Assessor to be a legal voter and resident of the township for one year. However, even deletion of the Cuba Township exemption might not mean Zielinski's a Grafton resident, according to Jana Blake Dickson, McHenry County Assistant District Attorney in charge, lately, of obscure legal questions. "Different statutes have different requirements of what is your residence," she said. As far as the Township code goes, she said, there are no standards listed at all. "It might be where you sleep or where you get your mail or file your income tax," said Dickson. Pointing to the controversy over Chicago Major Rahm Emanuel's legal residence she said, "It might take a lawsuit to decide."
Technically the question's still just theoretical. A check with Grafton Clerk Harriet Ford shows Zielinski hasn't actually filed his petition for Assessor yet. That's because, "You can't file until Nov. 19."
In the pic: Announced Grafton Assessor candidate Al Zielinski