Kopping, a county Farm Bureau board member, is one of three farmers in Lemont. The visit’s purpose was to provide Patlak with an on-site, hands-on overview of equine agriculture in an urban setting.
Kopping discussed the economics of boarding horses and the history of his farm, which started boarding horses in 1984. Tour participants also discussed how the urban setting has impacted the horse stable and agricultural industries.
Patlak was elected to the Board of Review in 2010 and represents 1.8 million residents in suburban Cook County, including Lemont Township. Previously, he served as the Wheeling Township assessor.
The Board of Review is authorized to determine whether a property tax assessment is fair and accurate. In 2009, nearly 440,000 assessments were appealed in Cook County. About 75 percent of the appeals were successful.
Kopping and his wife, Linda, operate Kopping Farm, where they board 110 horses. The farm has grown steadily since the first stall was built on the family farm in 1984. Kopping chairs the county Farm Bureau’s Commodities and Marketing Team.