Griffith on Berrios
Joshua Griffith is one of many local candidates for office who's sounding off about the recent economist article talking about corruption in Cook County with property tax assessment.
Illinoisans are commenting on financial scandal related to Joe Berrios, the Cook County tax assessor.
In a recent Facebook post, Griffith, who is running as a Candidate for the 93rd House District, characterized the assessor’s actions this way.
“In 2010, Joseph Berrios, who is also the Democratic Party Chairman of Cook County, took over as the value-assessor in Cook County,” Griffith wrote. “Appeals have nearly tripled in that time.”
Noting that tax attorneys can benefit from situations where properties need to be reassessed, Griffith said property tax lawyers have raked in $130 million due to re-assessment cases.
“For far too long Madigan and Berrios have used the system for their financial gain,” Griffith wrote. “Downstate and families in Western Illinois are being forced to bail out Chicago because Madigan and Berrios use the property tax system to reward their allies rather than fund their own schools and infrastructure.”
This, Griffith said, exacerbates the problem of businesses and families leaving the state.
His campaign, Griffith said, is promoting a 1% hard cap on property taxes to put an end to what he says is “corrupt behavior.”
“Let’s put real leaders in Springfield to push policies to make it affordable for families in Illinois to stay in their homes without being over-taxed on their property." Griffith wrote.