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Connie Carosielli: Candidate Profile

Elk Grove Township Assessor (4-year Term)

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Mount Prospect

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Office sought: Elk Grove Township Assessor (4-year Term)

Age: 67

Family: Married to Michael Carosielli for 46 years. Two children, Michael and Kristen. One fabulous granddaughter, Jordan.

Occupation: Residential Real Estate Broker for Prudential Starck for 33 years. Instructor for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.

Education: B.A. for the University of Holy Names. Secondary Teaching Credential from Concordia College Certified Illlinois Assessing Officer In excess of 600 hours of continuing education in the assessment profession, 300 hours exam credit.

Civic involvement: Cook County Township Assessor's Association Township Officials of Cook County Township Official of Illinois International Association of Assessing Officers Illinois Association of Realtors National Association of Realtors Northwest Suburban Association of Realtors

Elected offices held: Assessor of Elk Grove Township for 6 terms

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Educating property owners on the Cook County property tax system.

Key Issue 2

Assisting taxpayers in achieving fairness and equity in their assessments.

Key Issue 3

Providing the highest level of service within the guidelines of fiscal responsibility

Questions & Answers

Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.

The Assessor is only responsible for the administration of the Assessor's office. To that end, it is imperative to keep the Supervisor and Trustees informed as to the needs of this office so that we can operate in the most effective and productive manner.

In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?

If municipalities were to assume the Assessor's responsibilities, you would have 5 municipalities attempting to reproduce what we accomplish. This would be a massive increase in the cost of this service. Also, you would not have the level of professionalism in that there would be no educational requirements.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

Speaking only as the Assessor, our primary responsibility is to be an aggressive advocate for our taxpayers.

In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?

That is the responsibility of the Supervisor and the Board of Trustees. It is my responsibility to be a good stewart of my budget. We have consistently performed with a high degree of efficiency with ever decreasing funds.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?

My experience as an educator and Real Estate Broker provides a background completely compatible with our mission statement. Informing our taxpayers,correcting the errors at the County, and ensuring fairness to all.

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