I care about fairness in government and that has to mean fairness in taxation. There isn't anything that affects every one of us as much as our property taxes. As a taxpayer, small business owner, and active volunteer in our community, I know how much our property tax bill impacts individuals and businesses. Taxpayers in Skagit County deserve to have confidence in the fairness and accuracy of their tax assessments. In 2010, approximately $100 million in new construction slipped through the cracks at the County Assessor's Office without being taxed. This cost the county and local districts about $160,000. Even after a scathing report by the state Department of Revenue, little has been done to fix the basic problems.
Taxpayers should know what is going on in local government – that's transparency. Residents should have someone who will listen to them – that's public accountability. The work of the Assessor's office should be done right – that's just good government.
Because elected office is a public trust, not a profession.