As a proven fiscal conservative and transparency champion, I am fighting every day to help lower your property taxes.
Recognizing the burden high property taxes place on our hard-working families, I am working to equip and support you in your fight for lower property taxes. I have increased the transparency and accuracy of tax bills, so you know exactly where your money is being spent and can hold those units of government responsible.
I am leading by example and doing my part to lower Lake County taxes by cutting my own spending and increasing the returns on the county’s investments. To accomplish this, we are modernizing our office to reduce our budget. We’ve improved technology in the office, streamlined operations to achieve efficiencies, and reduced our headcount. In addition, we’ve increased the earnings from the county’s investments, making millions of dollars for taxpayers.
Finally, my team comes into work every day searching for ways we can improve services for Lake County. We’ve made it easier to make tax payments. We’ve made our website more user-friendly. We helped taxpayers prepay the taxes they would have owed in 2018 to avoid the new SALT Deduction cap. We help the public avoid state-mandated penalties and interest, and instituted a culture of customer service in the office.
It is my honor to serve Lake County. If honored to serve one final term, I promise to continue to be efficient with your tax dollars and fight for lower taxes so that Lake County remains an oasis of fiscal sanity in Illinois.
Increase Transparency to Help Lower Your Property Taxes
Lake County’s property taxes are among the highest in the entire country. As Treasurer, I am working to increase transparency in order to equip and support you in your fight for lower property taxes.
When I took office, I immediately increased the transparency and accuracy of the tax bills we send to our residents and included TIF districts for the first time. I also worked to improve our website, providing more transparency and making it easier to find information. I supplied explanations online for every item on each tax bill, including percentages and why the bill went up or down.
Modernize the Treasurer’s Office and Reduce Spending
I am leading by example and doing my part to help lower your taxes by cutting my own spending and increasing the returns on Lake County’s investments.
I have successfully reduced our budget and cut spending. I’ve accomplished this by improving technology in the office and streamlining operations to achieve efficiencies, offsetting many costs that continue to rise naturally, such as labor costs and equipment. In fact, I have reduced my office’s headcount from 17 to 15 employees since taking office, without negatively impacting services.
Improve Services for Lake County Taxpayers
Every day, my team works to improve the services we provide Lake County taxpayers, even as we reduce our budget.
We collect approximately $2.4 billion every year, which we then distribute to our local villages, schools, park districts, libraries, and other units of government. The state requires these payments to be made within 30 days, but we have streamlined our processes and generally make those distributions within 15 days. In addition, in 2018 we distributed the tax pre-payments to taxing bodies with additional interest that we were able to generate, which was unprecedented.