Rutland Township Times
1, Issue 3 April,
now on the web! www.rutlandtownship.com
Fred Bulmahn 847.515.7148
Clerk: Deb Schuldt 847.622.1020
Road Commissioner: Tom Koppie 847.428.6789
Assessor: Pat Molohon 847.428.5219
Trustee: Joe Adams 847.669.3103
Trustee: Al Roberts 847.515.1240
Trustee: Kurt Stuart 847.695.5414
Trustee: Ron Tessendorf 847.426.3609
A hearty Spring welcome to all fellow Rutland Township residents!
This is a newsletter from your elected officials in which
we attempt to communicate with you and update you about
significant Rutland Township matters
ANNUAL TOWNSHIP MEETING
Our annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8th,
7:30 p.m. at the fire station in Gilberts (Rte. 72 and
Road). All Township voters (registered prior to 3/11/03)
are eligible to vote at this meeting.
Financial and operating reports will be presented by Township
and Road District officials. Time will be allocated for
residents to ask questions of elected officials and to
comments. This is an opportunity for you to participate
in local government matters that affect your daily lives.
are welcome and encouraged to attend!
The financial condition of the township is solid. The
township has no outstanding loans or debts, other
than current bills – which
are paid monthly. With frugal financial management, your
Board of Trustees has been able to maintain expenses within
conservative budget guidelines.
OUT OUR WEBSITE!!
Among other things, you can look
property and get most any information you
want, without having to call or come into the Assessor’s
buildings and road equipment have been substantially upgraded
over the last two years with
modest financial reserves and with the assistance of several
cash grants from State and County sources.
The first phase of the much-needed expansion of the road
equipment garage was recently completed. Road equipment
has been substantially
upgraded and several used trucks were added to the fleet.
The township driveway/parking lot will be paved this Spring.
The current levy adopted by the Township Board was once
again friendly to Rutland Township taxpayers, by limiting
in property tax collections to 5%. With the growth of new
properties in Rutland Township, the effective tax rates
for the Township
and the Rutland Road District will decline again for the
third consecutive year.
Development growth in Rutland Township places additional
pressure on township government services. Your Board of
been working hard to keep pace with this growth, while
still operating under the constraints of limited property
a year 2002 was! Understanding the routine and rhythm of
and the intricacies of the computer program
that supports the assessment process presented some real
learning curve challenges. I now have a true appreciation
of how difficult the Assessor’s job must have been
prior to the advent of technology.
The project that provided the most satisfaction was the development
of the website. Technically, my role in the project was small.
However, all public record assessment information is now
available on the web at www.rutlandtownship.com. Please feel
free to use it. If you have any comments, please let me know.
The first item on the agenda after I took office on January
2, 2002 was dealing with the 2001 assessments that were published
that January. The Township multiplier for 2001 was 1.000.
The Township saw substantial growth in 2002. Over 500 new
parcels were added to the assessment base. The addition of
that many parcels would have been an overwhelming task were
it not for the assistance of Keith Berkhout. Keith is an
appraiser by education and he brings a lot of talent to this
office. I’m sure many of you have spoken with him on
2002 assessments were submitted to the Supervisor of Assessments
in Kane County in October and published in December. The
Township multiplier was 1.0864. From what I have heard, the
multiplier deserves some explanation. It has been said that
the reason for a multiplier of that magnitude is due to the
way that I have been assessing certain properties, specifically
that I have reduced Del Webb assessments and that has caused
the multiplier to increase. That is not the case as I will
There are 15 townships in Kane County. For 2002, 11 of the
15 townships had a multiplier of 1.6000 or higher. If the
action of the Assessor is the cause, then all 11 of those
Assessors must have been purposefully trying to lower assessments.
The fact is that the market is driving prices in Kane County
higher and the assessments do not necessarily reflect what
the values of the properties truly are. Assessors don’t
lead the market; they react to it.
The Illinois Property Tax Code has certain requirements.
Properties throughout the State are to be assessed at 33
1/3% of their fair market value. To be certain that the “playing
field” is level across the County, the Supervisor of
Assessments is required to prepare sales ratio studies for
each Township based on the values of the prior three years,
in this case, the years 1999, 2000 and 2001. The year that
caused the problem was 2001 which 1also happened to be the
year that Rutland Township became a “hot” area.
We have a parcel base of 4,850 in Rutland Township. In the
two publication periods since 1/1/2002, 111 properties have
been adjusted either by this office or the Board of Review.
Of that number, only 50 have been owner occupied Del Webb
properties and the remaining 61 were in Triple Oaks Farm
and other areas in the Township. Whether you consider the
50 or 111, neither is a significant percentage of a parcel
base of 4,850 and none of those properties was involved in
the 2001 sales ratio study.
Further evidence of the desirability of Rutland Township
is demonstrated by the fact that over the last two years
substantial blocks of acreage have been acquired by Neuman
Homes, Pasquinelli Homes and Town & Country Homes among
others. Obviously, my biggest challenge is to balance the
new with the old and try to make sure we are abreast of the
like to introduce our newest employee, Rick Valzano. Rick
comes to us with a wealth of experience and has already
made a solid contribution to this department. Welcome aboard,
We’re organizing a morning road walk for a spring clean
up in the Township. If you would like to volunteer, please
call 847.428.6789 to participate. Specific date will be announced
soon. Refreshments will be served.
interested in seeing your local Township Government in
action, plan on attending our Annual Meeting, which is
scheduled for April 8th, at 7:30 p.m. Our regular board
meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Meeting.
For this special meeting, we will be meeting at the Rutland/Dundee
Fire Station on Main Street in downtown Gilberts (please
plan on parking on the east side of the Fire Station due
to the construction going on). We look forward to seeing
On a side note, many people don’t realize that the
Township does not have regular office hours. The primary
reason for this is our budget does not allow for us to maintain
regular office staff (we are proud of our commitment to low
taxes). That however, does not mean that your questions and
concerns are not important to us. The entire office tries
to return your calls as soon as possible, so if you wish
to leave a message, or call the clerk at the number listed
on our voice mail, we will be happy to get back to you