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April 18, 2014
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Letter: Douglas County needs realistic valuation and taxation

Despite experience assessor gets “F”

If you needed to hire any professional to provide a service, what would you base your selection on? Most people would say experience and/or knowledge. But just because someone has been doing something a long time doesn’t mean they are providing quality in what they are producing.

If, for example, it was a mechanic who had been in business for 36 years, you might assume that person was a good mechanic. If you then became aware that the mechanic was only able to successfully repair 20 percent of the vehicles brought in, would you still take your car to that mechanic?

Unfortunately, such is the case with the assessor’s office. This year’s board of property tax appeals, which is primarily populated with realtors, a fee appraiser and other individuals with knowledge of the real estate market, heard 204 appeals. Of those appeals, 165 were reduced in value by that board. So the math shows 165 divided by 204, or 80.88 percent, were reduced.

That would conversely indicate the assessor’s certified values were upheld only 19.12 percent of the time. What grade would such a dismal percentile earn on a test? It wouldn’t get you a license at the department of motor vehicles, it wouldn’t allow a student to earn a diploma and it shouldn’t get the current assessor re-elected.

In a county where there is high unemployment, people struggling to make ends meet, many vacant buildings and lots of bank foreclosures, the public deserves better than inflated values that result in higher taxes.

Roger Hartman has a proven record of working on behalf of the taxpayer and will continue on that course with your support. Vote Hartman and you are voting for fairness through realistic valuation/taxation.

Mike and Georgia Roberts


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