Letter: Be careful of campaign promises, support Rotter in Blackbery Township

By on March 19, 2009

In the upcoming election on April 7, voters will be deciding who will hold the important office of township assessor. I currently hold that office in Kaneville Township.

I am running unopposed, but there are contested races in several of the townships in Kane County. This is my concern, and one that I would like to share with the voters.

Please be careful not to be duped into believing that a candidate’s promise to lower the assessment on your property will translate into a lower tax bill. I know that it sounds like it should, and we would like to believe it, but it’s simply not true.

The assessor’s most important job is to make sure that the tax burden is fairly distributed, according to value, over all of the property in your township. That tax burden is not determined by the assessor. It is the total of all the monies required to run our local schools, fire districts, libraries, forest preserves, cemeteries, road districts, local government offices, etc.

Property taxes are an unpleasant reality for those of us who live here and enjoy all of the services that are provided. They are just a little bit easier to swallow if we feel like we have been treated fairly, that we’re not paying more than our fair share.

When you are considering your choice for Assessor on April 7, please consider Uwe Rotter for Blackberrry Township Assessor. He currently holds that office, and I have greatly benefitted from working with him over the years. His ability and dedication to the taxpayers is unsurpassed in our field. The office of assessor in an important one, so make sure you go out to vote on April 7 and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Margaret Mangers
Kaneville Township Assessor