FIRST THREE YEARS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2015 Through 2017
In my first reappraisal in 2015, we found properties left untouched for 10-15 years. One class of property alone was undervalued by $386 Million.
This entire class of property appealed their valuation. After taking the appeals to the State Board of Assessment Appeals, our valuations were upheld and the result was $2.5 Million of revenue for Adams County in 2016. This money funded services with tax dollars that would have otherwise fallen on taxpayers that were paying their fair share.
Independent outside auditors were not allowed into the Assessor's Office to complete an audit of the office's operations.
For the first time, an independent auditor was allowed complete and umimpeded access to the Assessor's Office. The Audit report states: NO COMPLIANCE ISSUES with the Statutory Duties of the Assessor's Office were found! The Office was commended for the practices that had been implemented.
At the taxpayers' expense, some appraisers went to the movies, shopped, took extended lunches and napped in parking lots because unmarked county vehicles afforded them this luxury by providing anonymity to their actions.
For the first time ever, all Assessor's Office vehicles have the county logo on them AND GPS systems that track and record vehicle locations for transparency, accountability and safety.
Only one person entered all property values into the office's software system. This practice allowed the ability to change values for personal and political favors.
For heightened accountability, every appraiser is now required to input their values in the system and support those values with fairness and equitability. This prevents any opportunity to engage in inappropriate behavior and subsequently claim no responsibility for the value because the individual appraiser did not input the data.
I take great pride in honoring the promises I made to the peole of Adams County. I remain committed to continuing to serve you with HONESTY, FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY!