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Government Local

Objection filed to DeKalb County Board District 10 candidate

Residents claim Mark Wirsing does not live in County Board District 10

The DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder's office is located within the county's Administration Building, 110 E. Sycamore St., in Sycamore.
The DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder's office is located within the county's Administration Building, 110 E. Sycamore St., in Sycamore.

An objection filed Monday alleges that one out of the three slated candidates running for a DeKalb County office is not a resident of County Board District 10.

Vern and Pat DelJonson, who live at 219 W. Sunset Place in DeKalb, said Republican candidate Mark D. Wirsing does not qualify as a resident of the district, which includes most of the south part of DeKalb and part of Cortland, according to their objection filed with the county elections office in Sycamore.

The DelJonsons said that Wirsing's nomination papers should be considered invalid because Wirsing claimed homeowner's exemptions on his property taxes for his property at 1102 S. Second St. in DeKalb as well as at 424 Fair St. in Sycamore. The objection sites results from DeKalb County's Community Online Map Property and Search Site (COMPASS), which show that Wirsing did claim the homestead exemption on the Fair Street home, as well as the Second Street home, for 2017 taxes payable in 2018. The homestead exemption is a $6,000 reduction afforded to homeowners for their primary residence.

Robin Brunschon, chief assessor for DeKalb County, said her records show that Wirsing came into the assessor's office a few weeks ago to ask if all records could change his mailing address to the Second Street address in DeKalb. She said Wirsing has an Owner Occupied exemption listed for this year for that property.

Brunschon said exemption information for this year is not visible to the public currently because of data verification not being completed at the township assessor level yet. She said this year's information should be available for public viewing in September.

Brunschon said some homeowner exemptions, such as the senior freeze exemption based on income, must be reapplied for annually, but the homestead exemption does not. She said she has been getting calls lately from people about certificate errors coming up for senior exemptions because those residents might not know they need to be renewed every year, resulting in the county assessor's office deleting their home owner exemptions.

"We try to check everything to the best of our ability," Brunschon said.

No objections were filed for Lawrence Nepodahl, Republican candidate for County Board District 9, and Liliana Orozco, Democratic candidate for DeKalb County Treasurer, according to the elections office.

All three slated candidates are registered voters at their addresses listed on the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder's website, according to the elections office voter database.

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