Will vote for the man with experience
September 6, 2018
To The Eagle:
The job of county assessor is comprised of understanding and complying with complex rules set forth by the state. The training is rigorous and hard. Citizens typically vote for people with years of experience either in real property appraisal or at least in real estate. For instance, Pacific County’s assessor had 10 years at a title company before running for assessor. Lewis County’s assessor had been an accredited appraiser since ‘75 before she first ran in ‘98. Clark County’s had been a licensed fee appraiser since ‘04 before runnng in ‘10. Cowlitz’s candidate is replacing a retiree. She has nine years with the auditor’s office before moving to the assessor’s office where she has been a state accredited property appraiser.
Our current assessor, Bill Coons, has seven years as county assessor, five years as a local real estate broker, and is accredited in real property assessment by Washington’s Department of Revenue. His opponent has no experience with real property value. None.
I’m voting for the candidate with the appropriate experience. This isn’t a learn-on-the-job position.