Dan Patlak participated in WTTW Chicago Tonight's Candidate Free Time with a video statement, information about the office (Board of Review), Candidate Q&A and Candidate Statement.
Hello, my name is Dan Patlak and I am a commissioner at the Cook County Board of Review, the office that reviews property assessment appeals.
In 2010 I ran on the premise that taxpayers were entitled to have a commissioner who was highly qualified and who would make the job a priority. As a twice-elected township assessor, a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, a licensed real estate broker and a former analyst at the Board of Review, I promised that I would serve as the first-ever, full-time commissioner and I have kept that promise.
By working with my fellow commissioners we have made tremendous strides in making our office more efficient, transparent and accessible. Online appeals were a priority and we put them in place eight months after my election. Our offices' first-ever annual report was issued in 2011 and every year thereafter and is available on our website. A Freedom of Information page was added to our website to make it easier for the public to review our decisions. This past year we made the most dramatic improvement in the history of the Board’s operations, completing a four-year project that resulted in the Digital Appeals Processing system, a government project that was completed in time and on-budget.
DAPS, as we now call it, allows appellants to upload their evidence to us online and they can check the results of their appeal and the notes written by our analysts on their home computer. We have eliminated the use of over two million pieces of paper by going to a completely digital system that eliminates the need to physically create, analyze and transport paper appeal files. DAPS has allowed us to adjudicate the largest number of appeals in the history of the county while still finishing our job in time to get second installment tax bills out on time.
As a candidate running for re-election I am asking for your vote in the March 15 primary and the November 8 general election.
Thank you so much for your consideration.