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March 26, 2014
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Letter: Can Dougas County afford four more years of Acree?

Vote to elect a new assessor

Susan Acree has filed for another term as assessor. She was narrowly elected last time by issuing untruthful statements against her opponent, who was exonerated within days after the election.

She’s maintained the same protocol during her tenure as assessor. Her removal of the public access computers from her office was allegedly due to congestion, which was not the case. Next it was because of the cost of the licenses, which also turned out to be false. Mike Folino offered to pay for the public terminal licenses and Acree would not even return his call as promised. Then she claimed there was a potential for breach of confidentiality, which has not been an issue for decades. It’s just an excuse to limit the public’s access to public information.

Even with Acree limiting access to public records, 80 percent of the taxpayers who appealed their property values obtained reductions to Acree’s certified values at this year’s Board of Property Tax Appeals.

It’s also notable that since being elected, Acree has lost more than half of her staffing, many long-term employees. She has been unsuccessful at refilling many of the positions. Two more jumped ship recently, including the senior commercial appraiser, leaving the Commercial Department void of appraisers. In three years, she’s been unable to update the department policy and procedures manual (Cir 2003), but she’s implemented a stringent dress code policy.

Acree has repeatedly illustrated that the position of assessor is over her head and abilities. The Assessors Department is in turmoil and is in serious need of proper leadership. In these difficult economic times, we cannot continue to have unreasonable over-valuation of property and waste of taxpayer funds. It’s time for Acree to step aside, retire, collect her PERS and spend time with her family.

Larry Saccato


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The News-Review Updated Apr 8, 2014 03:22PM Published Mar 26, 2014 02:20PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.