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Board of Assessors Has More Resignations

Last Wednesday Jim Harrell, Chair of the Board of Assessors, turned in his resignation.  Gerald Bramblett followed suit on Thursday.  This leaves the Board of Assessors without a quorum—and only one certified assessor.  It is also rumored that David Kelly, appointed in January, will also submit his resignation.  Linda Tinsley has not been certified as of this date.

 

Why all the resignations?  Could it have anything to do with the political interference in the BOA office?  The law states that politics is supposed to stay out of property assessments; therefore, the BOC has little authority over the Board of Assessors office. The recent Board of Assessors has worked to upgrade the office and correct problems; however, we speculate the Board members are tired of fighting the politics and conflicts with the BOC.

 

Other problems in that office include many visitors during the day that interrupt the work that is supposed to be done.  In particular two former assessors (not the ones that just resigned) seem to be permanent fixtures in Brac Bohannon’s office.  Is it any wonder that Mr. Bohannon, the Chief Appraiser, just can’t seem to keep the work in the office up to date?  Work is not the priority in the office.  The Chief Appraiser is the one responsible for what does and doesn’t go on.

 

After review of the 2005 digest and comparing it to the 2003 and 2004 digests, we find several areas of questionable values and missing properties. There are some significant errors in the digest that have been brought to light in recent weeks.

 

It is time the BOC quit playing politics with that office and appoint people that are willing to serve and get the job done.  Jasper County is known State-wide for its Assessors office and all the problems that have been going on for YEARS.  In the past the digest has come in under 30 (the law requires 38-42), the State has fined the county and put it on sanctions, and there has been continued turmoil in the office.  To say that the Jasper County office is a laughing stock might be an understatement.  The Assessors board has some hard decisions to make and they must be made without continued interference from members of the BOC. 

 

To serve as an Assessor one must become certified by taking a 40 hour class, passing the test, and then taking 20 hours a year to keep the certification.  If you are interested, please contact the BOC.

 

TWG

The time is always right to do what is right.  ~Martin Luther King Jr.
 

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