Patricia Oaks: Candidate Profile

Wauconda Township Assessor (4-year Term)

Updated 2/22/2013 6:20 PM
  • Patricia Oaks, running for Wauconda Township Assessor (4-year Term)

    Patricia Oaks, running for Wauconda Township Assessor (4-year Term)



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City: Wauconda

Website: http://none

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

Age: 58

Family: Widow, One son, one grandson

Occupation: Wauconda Township Assessor

Education: Certified Illinois Assessing Officer

Civic involvement: Lake County Assessor Association Lake County Farm Bureau

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

My priority is to continue to have an open diagolue with Wauconda Township Residents about Property Assessments

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

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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?

Township government tends to be small which increases the access of citizens to their elected officials. Townships provide quality services at a low cost to taxpayers. Individual citizens have more influence in smaller governments. Township governments are generally more efficient and they are better positioned to provide quality public services to their residents. Townships are well positioned to provide value for taxpayer funding. Townships spend and borrow less per capita than larger governments.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

Townships perform three mandatory functions: administering a general assistance program to qualifying residents, maintaining township road district highways and bridges, and appraising property values.

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

Candidate did not respond.

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

The office of the Assessor is the only elected position that has statutory, pre-election requirements. I hold a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute. I have been with the Wauconda Township Assessor Office since 1992 and have held the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation since 1996. I have proudly served as Wauconda Township Assessor since 2006 and look forward to continuing to serve our residents.