Grafton Township Race: Zielinski Accuses Ottley of Nepotism

Submitted by Alan Zielinski, candidate for Grafton Township Assessor.

LAKEWOOD: Alan Zielinski, candidate for Grafton Township Assessor, wants to make sure taxpayers’ dollars get the highest return on their investment.

No more nepotism, Zielinski said in a press release.
“I’m a huge believer in and supporter of family businesses and even grew up in one: my Dad’s general contracting business.

The issue is when the ‘family business’ is financed with taxpayer dollars as was the case with the incumbent’s family (William Ottley, Jr.). Unlike the incumbent, I will not spend taxpayer dollars hiring any related parties.” said Zielinski.

Ottley took office 1/1/90. Township records show because he didn’t speak with or ask them to stay, two experienced deputy assessors left hurting the efficiency of the office.

Township records show a month later the Ottley hired his wife and one daughter. He later hired his other daughter. The incumbent’s wife was the highest paid hourly employee and all family members received benefits at taxpayers’ expense.

Between 1/1/06 and 12/31/12 alone, township records show the incumbent’s wife and two daughters accounted for nearly a quarter of the assessor office’s payroll: 21% of the taxpayers’ dollars went to family members!

“That will not happen on my watch.” said Zielinski. “My hiring preferences are current employees, appraisers, Veterans, handicapped and all other qualified individuals.

The critical issue for everyone in the assessor’s office is to be properly motivated. Properly motivated means dedicated to honesty, accuracy, conformity with state and federal valuation statutes/guidelines, customer service, an exemplary work ethic and focused on the common good of Grafton Township’s residents and businesses.”

No More Favoritism.
The incumbent assessor’s preferential treatment extended beyond nepotism. Public records indicate the incumbent treated his personal parcel differently than how the township fared.
   • In 2009, the incumbent's personal parcel assessment saw no change but Grafton Township increased 3%!
   • In 2011, the incumbent's personal parcel assessment decreased 24% but Grafton Township increased 4%!

Public records show the incumbent’s huge reduction in 2011 was because he personally appealed his own assessment. “It would be amusing if it wasn’t so serious,” said Zielinski.

“When elected, Grafton taxpayers have my word I’ll do my best to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Whether you own residential, industrial or commercial property in Grafton Township, your assessment will be impartial regardless of ownership.” Zielinski promised.

For more information, please visit the candidate’s web site at www.Al-for-Assessor.com

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Alan Zielinski February 24, 2013 at 02:44 AM
This press release deals with the incumbent and my comments will be limited to it.
Dawn Renee February 24, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Ok Al, sure. I know you won't answers those questions. Nor will you address whether or not you actually think it was ethical for you to act as the appraiser on the home you were going to live in. I'm sure you won't address it, and you already know that there is no way for th voting public to obtain that appraisal (to see if you properly disclosed your relationship with the property or homeowner, per USPAP ethics guidelines)
Alan Zielinski February 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM
If you would like to research other issues, provide the underlying research/verification as I did and generate your own press release, I'm sure this and other media outlets will be as accommodating as they were in this case.
George Ferrante February 24, 2013 at 02:20 PM
How about a statement from either candidates that they will not raise property taxes!! I'm assuming both of these slimey politicians plan on raising property taxes to pad their pockets and under funded pensions!!
Alan Zielinski February 24, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Setting taxes is the township's function; the assessor's role is limited to determining how that tax burden is apportioned among the township's property owners. That said, an accurate EAV (equalized assessed value) permits property owners to see the true tax rate. Armed with that data, they can sharpen their pitchforks and march on the township's monthly meetings. Property owners have my word their assessments will be timely, accurate and fair if they vote for me. The obvious alternative is the obvious inaccurate status quo.


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