• Arizona
  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Letter to the Editor: Use Caution When Choosing the Next Assessor

So it’s up to us, the voters to be vigilant and examine the duties required of the official, their qualifications and promises for a better system. I recently spotted a new sign go up for the re-election of Douglas Wolf for Assessor – he is the incumbent and served for almost 4 years so he’s had time to complete a Certified Appraiser training (no mention on the signs). The problem I have is that his sign infers “Lower Property Taxes”. His sign in San Tan Valley infers “Fix Hunt Highway”. Does the Assessor decide the amount of property taxes or which roads will be expanded or added? The answer is NO!! The Assessor’s sole responsibility is to appraise the value of our property in accordance with statutes and guidelines established by the Arizona Department of Revenue. The property taxes are based on 3 things, the limited value of property, tax rates established by each governing board of the 170+ districts in the county and constitutional limitations. My point, the Assessor’s role in calculating taxes in minor in the whole scheme of things and the only way he can guarantee lower property taxes is to arbitrarily reduce values. If that is the promise, Mr. Wolf will have a new home in Florence behind a not so pearly fence. Oh, and let’s not forget Hunt Highway. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is responsible for the County Budget and determines which projects will be funded – does the Assessor have a vote? NO!!

When I hear a politician make promises I know they can’t keep it reminds me of a used car salesman or an advertisement for a miracle pill that will restore my hair! We all know how it will turn out, right? Please, take a long hard look at the politicians and vote based on their ability to do the job for which they are seeking. I’ve interviewed many candidates for positions in my office and it’s evident as soon as they discuss their background if they are suited for the job. Listen carefully to what politicians are promising and ask yourself, is it within the scope of the job to fulfill those promises.

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