RACE: Cook County Assessor

About the Candidate

Name: Nico Tsatsoulis
Political Experience:
Website: nicotheassessor.com
Twitter: @NicoTheAssessor

Candidate Statement

Hi, I am Nico Tsatsoulis and I am running for Cook County Assessor.  Unlike my opponents, I am not a professional politician, I am just an irate citizen.

My property taxes tripled from 2019 to 2020 and then my assessment quadrupled the next year! That shouldn’t happen to anybody. It destroys the social fabric and the trust of investors. 

The present assessor, Fritz Kaegi, boasts that he has over $2 million to spend.  He is part of the corrupt machine that has destroyed the finances of our city, county, and state. I have just spent $200 on business cards. 

Professional politicians do not have our best interest in mind. They have their own agenda.  The property tax system has been traditionally used by the people in power to victimize minorities and people of color. The policies implemented by the present Assessor are harming all of us and especially the poor and middle class. 

Assessments are erratic, inconsistent, unreasonable, and unjustified. The assessor is pandering that he is taking care of the poor. In reality, he is giving preferential treatment to select big companies. McDonalds’ headquarters in Chicago sold for $400 million. The building has been valued by the assessor at $200 million.  Why was this corporate building assessed at half of what it is worth? The Assessor should be using real values and not computer-generated appraisals. 

The Assessor should also be a champion for peoples' rights and an advocate for a system that is reasonable and just. I am advocating a legislative change that would cap yearly tax increases at 2% and will make sure that our property taxes will not exceed 1% of the value of our property. These are common-sense rules. 

On June 28 vote smart, vote Libertarian. Vote for one of your own, not for the corrupt professionals with the big money. I am Nico Tsatsoulis and I am running for Cook County Assessor

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

To bring down and rebuild the most corrupt, inequitable, unreasonable and rapacious property tax system in the country.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

This office has been a disaster endangering the economic well-being of Cook County residents. Assessments are wrong and the way property taxes are derived is complicated and unfair.

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

High, unjustified, unpredictable, nonsensical, unreasonable and confusing assessments and the perverse way of using these assessments to derive property taxes. I plan to use real values instead of computer-generated assessments, lobby to simplify the incomprehensible and purposely complicated formula used to derive property taxes and advocate caps to limit yearly tax increases and confine absolute values of property tax liabilities.

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

Unlike the other candidates for the same office, I am not a professional politician, I am a regular citizen like everybody else. I have no bosses and no donors who provide me with money and ask for favors in return. My opponents boast that they have millions of dollars available and more coming in every month. What a disgrace and travesty for the election process and the voters of Cook County! The never-ending corruption in Cook County at all its grandiosity is at full display. I am only accountable to the citizenry.