Fritz Kaegi, who was elected Cook County Assessor in November, is working to clean up the property tax assessment fiasco left behind by his Machine predecessor, Joe Berrios.
Kaegi wants assessments backed up by uniform, objective data, reducing the need for politically connected lawyers running property tax appeal practices. A recent Crain’s editorial said, “It’s hard to argue for the previous clouted-up status quo and against a clear-eyed system that bases valuations on actual data over the long haul.”
But a bill is now pending in Springfield to keep reformers like Kaegi out of the office of Cook County Assessor. House Bill 3605 would put control of the office back in the hands of the Chicago Machine by making it an appointed office – appointed by the president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. That, of course, is the Machine’s own Toni Preckwinkle.
Who would have the gall to introduce such a bill? Why, that would be another leading Machine politician – one who happens to have a big tax appeal practice – Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago).
Salute to the attentive reader who brought the bill to our attention.
Read more on how the “clouted-up status quo” hurts residents across Cook County:
- Toilets and skyscrapers: How Chicagoland’s elite push their property tax bills onto ordinary residents
- Sticker shock: Some New Trier residents stunned by property assessments
- Chicago’s south suburbs struggle under Springfield’s continuing neglect