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Janet Siers: Candidate Profile

Rutland Township Assessor (4-year Term) (Independent)

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  • Janet Siers, running for Rutland Township Assessor (4-year Term)

    Janet Siers, running for Rutland Township Assessor (4-year Term)




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City: Gilberts


Office sought: Rutland Township Assessor (4-year Term)

Age: 66

Family: Married, one daughter, three grandchildren, three grt. grandchildren.

Occupation: Rutland Township Assessor

Education: Assoc. of Applied Science Degree in the Paralegal Field from Elgin Community College 1998. Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation Over 500 hours of continuing education through the Illinois Property Assessment Institute and the IDOR.

Civic involvement: Several Genealogical and Historical Societies in the Fox Valley.

Elected offices held: Rutland Township Assessor

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To continue to provide clear, consistent and uniform assessment information in a courteous and respectful manner to all residents and others seeking to live or do business in Rutland Township.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

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.

Candidate did not respond.

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

Townships are the smallest form of government yet they provide quality services at low costs to taxpayers. Citizen complaints are far more likely to be attended to by the elected Township officials than a larger unit of government.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

By Illinois State Statute Townships are responsible for Township Roads, Assessments, and General Assistance.

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

Rutlnad Township currently does not have any programs and is very fiscally responsible.

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

I have been involved in assessing since first being elected Rutland Township Assessor in 1993. I have served Rutland Township as Assessor and Burlington and Campton Townships as Deputy Assessor.