1.Traditionally, properties recently sold are placed on the tax rolls based on current market value, making them much more highly valued than comparable properties that have not changed ownership in recent years. How would you address this inequity?
IF ALL PROPERTIES WERE PROPERLY VALUED IN A QUADRENNIAL REAPPRAISAL PERIOD UNDER MASS APPRAISAL THEORY RECENTLY SOLD PROPERTIES IN A RISING REAL ESTATE MARKET WOULD ONLY REFLECT A MARGINAL INCREASE IN VALUE WHEN SOLD AND COMPARED TO COMPARABLE PROPERTIES IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. " INDEXING", ALTHOUGH NOT PROVIDED FOR IN OUR STATE LAW IS THE RECOMMEND METHOD TO CURE THIS TEMPORARY INEQUITY OFTEN REFERRED TO AS "SALES CHASING". I HAVE ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM BY ANNUALLY EVALUATING SALES BY NEIGHBORHOODS AND ADJUSTING ASSESSMENTS TO REFLECT MARKET CHANGES WITHIN A FOUR YEAR REASSESSMENT CYCLE.
2.What are your definitions of "fair" and "equitable", and how will you apply them when assessing property values?
FAIR AND EQUITABLE FOR ASSESSING PURPOSES MEANS TO ME THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF FAIR MARKET VALUE OR TAX BURDEN AMONG ALL PROPERTY OWNERS BASED UPON THE SIZE, TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION, AND PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THEIR PROPERTY AS OF A GIVEN ASSESSMENT PERIOD. I WILL CONTINUE TO UTILIZE MASS APPRAISAL THEORY TO VALUE PROPERTY AS TAUGHT BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ASSESSING OFFICERS TO ACHIEVE FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASSESSMENTS CITY WIDE.
3.Many employees of the current assessors are career employees familiar with their Districts. Will current employees have the opportunity to apply for positions in your Office? If so, what will you use to evaluate the applicants.?
I WILL ASSEMBLE A LARGER PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL STAFF UNDER A IAAO RECOMMENDED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE USING THE LATEST ASSESSMENT TECHNOLOGY AND ASSESSMENT PRACTICES. ALL CURRENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR POSITIONS IN THE PARISH ASSESSORS OFFICE. WE WILL EVALUATE EACH EMPLOYEES EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE AND TRY TO MATCH THEIR SKILL SET TO THE POSITIONS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE SINGLE ASSESSORS OFFICE.