What I hope to Accomplish
as Salt Lake County Assessor
While I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, I know there is still much more to be done. My experience will allow me to hit and ground running, I won’t require any on the job training. Being an effective Assessor requires so much more than just being an appraiser.
The job involves coordinating with the Mayor and County Council, representing the office during the annual legislative session, interfacing with the Utah State Tax Commission, managing 105 employees and 3 different divisions all of which I have significant experience doing on a daily basis. I have the Proven Leadership, Integrity, Experience and the passion to be the next Salt Lake County Assessor.
During the last several years, we have made a lot of positive changes, but we are never satisfied and I know that we still have more changes to make and areas to improve on going forward. I know where the office is strong and I know where we need to improve. Working closely with Kevin has been a great learning opportunity for me. During the past 3 years as Chief Deputy Assessor, I have gained the necessary experience to run the office efficiently and effectively and hopefully with your support I will be your next Salt Lake County Assessor. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next Salt Lake County Assessor in November, I will hit the ground running immediately and I won’t require any on the job training because I have been doing the job as Chief Deputy Assessor for the last 3 years. Being Assessor requires a lot of knowledge and experience and it carries a significant amount of responsibilities. Therefore, being an effective and successful Assessor requires so much more than just being an appraiser.
Some specific things I would like to do as Assessor would be:
- Implement Puma (Premier Utah Mass Appraisal) System. Salt Lake County has led the way in the development of this statewide valuation system. The functionality of Puma will provide all of the 29 Utah Counties with a system that meets their needs and will standardize the valuation process throughout Utah by giving every county the option and feasibility of being on the same valuation system.
- During my 3 years as Salt Lake County Chief Deputy Assessor, I managed and oversaw the successful implementation of Commercial Regression Models for commercial condos, offices, and apartments. This program has resulted in more accurate and fair valuations for all of these major commercial use types. As the next Salt Lake County Assessor, I will ensure that the office creates commercial income models for industrial and retail property types as well. The successful completion of this valuation project will establish consistent valuation standards and methodologies for the other counties in Utah to follow. Commercial income models for of the major commercial use types will put Salt Lake County at the forefront in a leadership role with regard to the valuation of all major types of commercial properties. The Salt Lake County Assessor’s Office will be one of the leaders in the nation when it comes to the mass appraisal of commercial income properties.
- Expand the automation of the Assessor’s Office year end value review process to ensure the highest level of accuracy and fairness in our valuation assessments.
- Expand and improve our quality control process and procedures to ensure more accurate and fair valuations for the taxpayers of Salt Lake County.