El asesor Joe Berrios se defiende de acusaciones | Asesor Berrios defends himself from accusations

June 23, 2017

 
El asesor Joe Berrios se defiende de acusaciones

Chicago, Illinois (NED).– En conferencia de prensa el asesor del Condado de Cook, Joe Berrios, dio a conocer su posición con respecto a las acusaciones de iniquidad de las evaluaciones. De acuerdo a Berrios un grupo de personas pidieron una investigación a la Procuradora General Lisa Madigan para ver si había leyes estatales o federales para la oficina del tasador, incluyendo si existe cualquier violación a los derechos civiles sobre la inequidad en las evaluaciones. Es absurdo sugerir una ley de cualquier nivel no sea estrictamente adherida por la oficina del Tasador del Condado de Cook para estimar el valor de mercado de la propiedad.
 
Además, yo crecí en Cabrini Green y soy la primera persona de la minoría sirviendo como asesor en el Condado de Cook y fui el primer hispanoamericano en la Asamblea General de Illinois. Sencillamente, yo nunca permitiría una evaluación injusta de la propiedad o causar a cualquier persona, incluyendo las minorías, pagar más impuestos de lo que deben pagar.

Un grupo también pidió el Consejo del Condado iniciar su propia investigación en el proceso general de evaluación de impuestos. Como siempre, estoy dispuesto a responder cualquier pregunta de la junta y proporcionar cualquier información.  Me he presentado con anterioridad ante el Concejo del Condado, nuevamente lo haré si es necesario. 

Entre otras cosas el grupo y personas preguntan:  ¿Por qué el modelo/sistema de evaluación  MacArthur fue desechado? El Chicago Tribune no publicó la información que les dimos indicando por qué el [respaldo a MacArthur] el precio y peso del modelo de evaluación ("Probit") es impropio para su uso exclusivo, primario o incluso de uso primario.
 
Probit ignora totalmente la ubicación de la propiedad; alguien que sepa algo acerca de los valores de la propiedad estará consciente de que la ubicación es muy importante. Probit se basa demasiado en un precio de venta de propiedad. ¿Qué pasa si una propiedad no ha sido vendida?
 
También, no se está practicando la igualdad si utilizamos sólo precio de venta de una propiedad para determinar el valor de mercado cuando estamos en un sistema que utiliza el promedio de tres años en los barrios. A esto se llama "persiguiendo ventas" y viola un fallo de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos que prohíbe "perseguir las ventas."
 
Numerosos expertos han ejecutado este modelo Probit y a menudo han encontrado que no es fiable, produce datos viciados y realmente sobreestima la propiedad en áreas de menor mercado. La oficina del Asesor en un principio se mostró optimista sobre este nuevo modelo, pero al paso del tiempo, encontramos los problemas que señaló primero a sus años de desarrolladores empeoraron más el uso. Por lo tanto, decidimos utilizar este modelo sólo con moderación para que  las propiedades de los contribuyentes en el proceso de valoración importante.

Berrios añade una carta (en inglés) a los contribuyentes la cual se puede leer más abajo. 


Assessor Joe Berrios defends himself from accusations

Chicago, Illinois (NED).– The groups called for an investigation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to see if there were any state or federal laws broken by the Assessor’s Office, including whether there were any civil rights violations over inequity in assessments. It is ludicrous to suggest any laws at any level are not strictly adhered to when the Cook County Assessor’s Office estimates market value of property.
 
Further, I grew up in Cabrini Green and am the first minority to serve as Cook County Assessor and was the first Hispanic-American in the Illinois General Assembly. I simply would never allow unfair assessment of property or cause anyone, including minorities, to pay more taxes than they should.
 
One group also asked for the County Board to initiate its own investigation into the overall tax assessment process. As always, I stand ready to answer any questions from the Board and provide any information. Appearing before the County Board is something I would do.
 
Among things the group and individuals ask: Why the MacArthur-backed assessment model/system was discarded? The Chicago Tribune did not print the information we gave them stating the [MacArthur-backed] Price-Weighted Assessment Model (“Probit”) is unfit for exclusive, primary or even somewhat primary use.
 
Probit completely disregards location of property; anyone who knows anything about property values is aware that location is extremely important. Probit relies too heavily on a sale prices for property. What if a property hasn’t been sold?
 
Also, it would not be practicing equality if we used only a property’s sale price to determine market value when we are in a system which uses three-year averages for neighborhoods. That is called “sales chasing” and it violates a United States Supreme Court ruling prohibiting “sales chasing.”
 
Numerous experts have run this Probit model and found it is too-often unreliable, produces flawed data and actually overvalues property in lower-market areas. The Assessor’s Office was initially optimistic about this new model but, as time went on, we found the problems we first pointed out to its developers years ago grew worse with further use. We therefore decided to use this model only sparingly so taxpayers’ property would not be experimented with in the important valuation process.
 
 
June 21, 2017
 
FROM COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR JOSEPH BERRIOS:
 
We thank Our Revolution and other groups and individuals for their newfound interest in the property tax system. Citizen awareness is what democracy is all about. However, their concern is misplaced.
 
Indeed, citizens in minority and low-income communities are often over-taxed. But this is not due to property assessments and estimated market value - it is due to school funding disparities, not nearly enough state aid and the lack of a state budget.
 
When the state does not make good on its promise to fund local schools and other services, local taxing bodies often must pick up the slack byraising property tax levies. In low-income communities with little commercial or industrial buildings and activity, this puts the burden on the homeowners who can least afford it.
 
The Assessor's Office does not set these tax rates and levies, which account for the vast majority of the disparity in property taxes. What we do is estimate market value, assess property to the best of our ability and offer property owners the option to appeal if they feel that they are overassessed.
 
We always encourage homeowners to appeal. No attorney is required, no computer is needed, there is no fee and you do not have to come to the Assessor’s Office. It takes little time because we will look up all information for you. We schedule hundreds of Community Outreach events each year, many (77%-80%) in low-income and minority communities. Half of all homeowner appeals are successful.
 
Of course, there is always room for improvement, which is why my office is working toward implementing new computer models that will help improve accuracy. But we will not implement assessment models that do not work correctly simply because they are advocated for by the Tribuneor others without knowledge of the property assessment process.
 
We have mostly rejected this so-called “improved” new assessment model because it actually produces flawed numbers and overvalues homes in many minority communities. As property valuation professionals stated to last week, the model that was promoted does not work properly for primary use and would have led to an unfair disparity in assessment.
 
Two years ago, we did issue a press release on this new assessment model because we were optimistic about it. But as time went on, we found the problems we had first pointed out to its developers years earlier grew worse with further use. We then decided to use the new model only sparingly so taxpayers’ property is not experimented with in the important valuation process.
 
We will continue efforts to develop new models that work properly and fairly.
 
Joseph Berrios
Cook County Assessor
 

 

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