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May 16, 2014
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Letter: Douglas County assessor must be responsible to taxpayers and to the county

Acree vs. Hartman

Mr. Hartman comes across as sleazy in his accusatory approach to his attacks on his opponent. It’s easy for him to say whatever he wants when he represents the taxpayers, like now. But if he’s elected as assessor, he’d have to work under a different set of loyalties. He’d become responsible to the county itself, as well as to the taxpayer. We frankly don’t know how he would behave once he was elected assessor.

The fact that Susan Acree has been willing to negotiate and reduce assessments for those who have complained is to her credit. Not all counties have assessors who are willing to work with their constituents.

Property values change for various reasons, some of which have more to do with the economy than anything else. Because an assessment might have been accurate one year doesn’t always mean it will be the same in the following years. Hartman flings the blame easily at Susan Acree. Yet he’d be subject to the same whims of the marketplace as his predecessor, if he’s elected, and then who would he blame?

And when did it become a requirement that the county subsidize the few who want tax terminals at the courthouse? Counties adjacent to ours don’t have terminals and there are computers at the library for those who want them. We should be thanking Susan Acree for the great job she’s doing as assessor!

Pete Nightingale

Roseburg


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The News-Review Updated May 27, 2014 10:40AM Published May 16, 2014 01:28PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.