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DuPage Township Assessor

Vote for 1Illinois townships are required by law to perform three functions:General Assistance – Offer food, shelter or emergency relief for people in need until they become self-supporting or qualify for other forms of assistance.Property Assessment – The Township Assessor sets property values for all properties within the township.Road and Bridge Maintenance – Townships collectively maintain approximately 71,000 miles of Illinois roads. This represents more than half of the road miles in the state.The eight-member DuPage Township Board includes Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Collector, and four (4) Trustees to govern township operations.DuPage Township has two cemeteries under its administration. One is Alexander Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois. The second is Boardman's Cemetery, located in Bolingbrook, Illinois.In Illinois, Township government was launched in 1849, after the Illinois Constitution of 1848 allowed voters in each county to choose to establish township governments or a county commission form of government without township units. Today, 85 of the 102 counties in Illinois operate under the township form of government. There are currently 1,433 townships in the state serving more than eight million residents.Townships are individual geographic areas that are separate from cities and counties. For example, a large city may contain several townships while one township may encompass several small towns. Township government operates at local levels and was designed to serve the basic needs of the community. It is the form of government that operates in close proximity to the people it serves. In many rural areas, townships are the only unit of government available to provide social services and road maintenance. More information: DuPage Township

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    Jean Kelly

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    Kenneth Harris

Biographical Information

Please describe the educational background, work experience, and other skills which uniquely qualify you for this position.

What do you consider to be the most important issues facing the Assessor's office right now and how would you propose to address them?

What opportunities would you propose to reduce costs in the Assessor's office while maintaining or improving needed services for the community?

What programs and policies would you propose, if any, to increase the transparency and accountability of the Assessor’s office?

Campaign Phone (630) 254-2741
I've been the Assessor for the past four years. First, I was appointed and then elected in 2017. Before becoming Assessor, I trained in the department for four years (2012-2016)

I received my Certified Illinois Assessing Officer certification in 2012

I've also had my Real Estate License for over 20 years.

You can see I've spent most of my life valuing Real Estate!
The most crucial issue for an Assessor is to be sure the properties are assessed equitably.

Over the past four years, we've been doing studies on all the different property types; hotels, gas stations, big boxes, etc, to make sure they are equitable.

We are reviewing them every year to maintain that the assessments are correct with changing market conditions.
Due to retirement and new technology, I've been able to re-organize the office staff duties, thus saving the township money by not hiring an additional employee.

We are also taking advantage of accessing our training classes locally when available, thus saving travel expenses.
I've implemented a program called an "Assessment Review" for homeowners who would like us to review their assessments during the year. That program is available between January - July and the forms are on our website.

We also keep our website up to date with exemption information and other important notices.

I have always welcomed communication from the property owners via email, phone or an office visit and will continue to do so.
I am a graduate of Lockport Township High School and I have a Bachelor of Art degree in Accounting from Augustana College located in Rock Island, IL. I’m a licensed Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO). I retired from the State Of Illinois in September 2018 with over 31 years of services that included working for four (4) different agencies. I currently live in Bolingbrook, IL and has been a resident of DuPage Township for over 32 years. I was elected to the Will County Board in 2012 and I’m currently serving my 3rd term. My Will County Board experience includes Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the AD-Hoc CARES Fund Committee, Member of the Legislative Committee, Judicial Committee, Executive Committee, Past President of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and President of Illinois Association of Conservation and Forest Preserve Districts. The Illinois Property Assessment Institute as well is the Illinois Department of Revenue has conferred upon me the designation of Certified Illinois Assessing Office (CIAO) which certified me as meeting the educational, examination, and ethical requirements for this certification. These certifications along with my education, work experience, and other skills have uniquely qualified me for the position of DuPage Township Assessor.
The most important issues facing the Assessor's office right now includes but not limited to the budget, transparency, and fairness. The DuPage Township appropriates the budget for the DuPage Township Assessor. The Township Assessor and the assessment process play an important role in local government. The assessment and budget cycle goes hand and hand. The Assessor is responsible for ad valorem assessment of all Township property, which means the tax is based on the assessed value of an item. Therefore the assessment has to be fair, equitable, and transparent. I would address these by keeping the lines of communication open and performing outreach to educate the property owners as well as taxpayers. In addition, I as well as staff must attend training programs pertaining to property assessment and educational workshops to keep their accreditations up-to-date. We need to be informed, in order to inform.
I will ensure that we have processes in place to monitor and adjust our budget as the needs permits. I have to ensure that the Assessor office is meeting its statutory obligation and ensure there is no wasteful spending. Any budget concerns will be communicated to the DuPage Township with explanation and justification. The assessment process will also be in place to provide input on maintaining or improving needed services for the community.
I will work with the DuPage Township, residents, and other elected officials to increase transparency and accountability of the Assessor’s office. The DuPage Township appropriates the Township Assessor’s budget; therefore this will be an ongoing process to keep them updated. The Will County Supervisor of Assessment and the Will County Board of Appeal will review the Assessor’s work and request more information as needed. I will ensure that I and staff are current with their educational requirements, and make sure the residents are given opportunities to learn more about the assessment process and their rights.