Okanogan County Assessor
The county assessor is responsible for determining the true and fair value of locally assessed properties, real and personal. The assessor does not determine or raise your taxes. It is the responsibility of the county assessor to administer the tax laws of the state of Washington and to value all property subject to taxes as mandated by the Washington State Legislature. It is also the responsibility of the assessor to calculate the levies imposed by the various taxing districts and additional special levies for which the people have voted. The assessor also must maintain public records of each tax parcel and the assessed valuation.
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Larry D Gilman
What qualifies you for this office?
What are the three most pressing issues facing the Assessor’s department?
How would you handle those issues?
What changes, if any, are needed in the department to streamline its interactions with other departments, e.g. the Auditor’s and Treasurer’s departments?
How will you interact with the citizens of your county to handle disputes with your staff’s decisions?
Experience (Max 500 characters)
27 years working in the Okanogan County Assessor's Office, 6 years working as a Civil Engineer Tech and Land Surveyor.
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I started in the Okanogan County Assessor’s Office in July of 1995. I started my career as a Residential Appraiser I was then promoted to Commercial Appraiser in 2001. I was the Commercial Appraiser from 2001 to 2016 As the Commercial Appraiser I was expected to complete all the commercial appraisals and keep up with residential appraisals. In 2016 I was promoted to Chief Appraiser, as Chief Appraiser I was the Appraisal Department Supervisor. I remained Chief Appraiser through December 2018. January 1st 2019 after getting elected as Assessor in November 2018 I stepped into the role of Assessor I now have been serving in the Okanogan County Assessor’s Office for 27 years.
The three most pressing issues for the Assessor’s Office are public education of how the office functions following State Law, make sure the citizens voices are heard on any new legislation that would affect property taxes, and keep the Assessor’s Office on time with the State deadlines.
I try to attend meetings and events as the Assessor this makes me publicly available for questions and answers. We try to update and keep education information on our website for anyone to obtain. I attend three state meeting a year for the Assessor’s where we all talk and try to agree with legislation that is in good faith to the property owners of Washington. I keep in touch with all of my legislators to help them make good choice as property taxes are a concern of all. I have two managers for my office the Chief Deputy Assessor and the Chief Appraiser I rely on the to manage their parts of the office supporting the employees, I manage the non-daily items, the upset taxpayers, policies, employee education and support. I believe in a management structure that allows for employee growth, and employee trust in management.
In the last three and half years I have worked hard with Auditor and Treasurer to have an open interactive working relationship. As for future streamlining I believe as new challenges arise we will adapt together.
First and most important is my door is always open to the public, other departments, and other agencies. It is the right of a property owner to either appeal their property or just come in and ask questions. I encourage people to engage respectfully with myself and my staff and we know that we cannot make everyone happy but we can help people understand the process.
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