First of all, I want to thank all of you for the opportunity I have to serve as your County Assessor! I knew what I was getting into, and would like to report on the progress I've made since taking office last September. As promised, utilizing my experience and management background, I hit the ground running and have made significant changes to the office structure and how the office operates. The most significant changes I've made are:
Reorganized the office
I split the
Real Property Division into two smaller divisions, the Residential Division and
the Commercial Division.
At the same
time, I dissolved the Statistical and Modeling Division, as well as the Appeals
Section, and assigned those individuals to the respective Residential or
- This realignment means the two divisions have all the responsibilities and resources for their area. All phases of property valuation are now "self-contained" within each division.
Appraisers and statisticians now work together as a team, which enhances their communication and makes them more accountable for the final product.
Completely revised how appraisers are assigned their work
appraisers would work in one area of the county and then move to another area
the following year. Now, appraisers are assigned to one area and will not
rotate. They will be responsible for new construction, reappraisal, and the
appeals that come from their area.
- The appraisers will focus on gaining a very detailed knowledge of their area and the changes that are happening within it.
Made recommendations on streamlining appeals to the Board of Equalization
If our records
show you have a finished basement, when in fact you don't, you shouldn't have to
go through a lengthy appeals process to have the error corrected. I recommend
appeals dealing with physical characteristics be immediately sent to the
Assessor's Office so we can verify the data, correct the error, and get a
revised value on the property.
large number of the appeals filed with the County are not sent to the Assessor's
Office, but instead go directly to a hearing officer. Many of these appeals end
up going to the state, which then involves my office. I want the opportunity to
correct errors, whether they relate to physical data or value, at the earliest
possible level. Taxpayers shouldn't have to appeal to the state when the issue
could have been resolved at the County level! I have recommended that all
appeals, regardless of the issue, be reviewed by my office. While this will add
to our workload, I feel strongly it is our responsibility to address taxpayer
concerns and get them resolved as quickly as possible.
While these are not all of the changes I've made, I feel they are the most significant and will have a long lasting effect on the office. I am committed to making the office more accountable, while serving you in the most efficient and effective manner possible!
Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you as the Salt Lake County Assessor and I appreciate your support!
If I may be of help to you, please contact me at:
Salt Lake County Assessor
Salt Lake County Assessor