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April 1, 2014
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Letter: Douglas County public services crucial, but not funded by inflated property assessments

Writer wants new assessor

Two interesting articles appeared recently in The News-Review. A March 10 article announced the decision that Susan Acree would run again for the $62,795 a year position as County Assessor, because she was the “most qualified person for the position.” The next day, an article announced another candidate, Roger Hartman, would also run for the Assessor position.

The March 11 article stated that Mr. Hartman chose to run based on the inflated property values assessed by Ms. Acree’s office. It went on to state that 80 percent of the appeals over assessed values were upheld by the Board of Property Tax Appeals. In other words, Ms. Acree was wrong 80 percent of the time.

Ms. Acree stated that one of her accomplishments was making tax records accessible through a website, while removing computers used by the public to access this information. Her reasoning was concerns of confidentiality yet the website, accessible through a paid subscription, may contain the same confidential information. One has to question her intent in removing the free access enjoyed by the public for years.

Considering the tainted election practices of her campaign four years ago against Mr. Page, I question her sense of ethics. I also question whether her accomplishments are deserving of another four years in office.

Funding critical public services provided by the county is crucial, but it should not fall on the shoulders of property owners through inflated property assessments. Ms. Acree may be the most qualified based on experience, but she is not the best choice for Douglas County property owners. I’m not aware of any position in the private sector that would pay $62,795 a year and allow the individual to be wrong 80 percent of the time. It’s time for a change.

Donald Wright


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