Directives issued by the State Department of Revenue may be a step toward restoring public confidence in the Douglas County reappraisal system.
Following an audit of the county appraiser's office, state officials issued a number of orders and recommendations aimed at putting the county operation on a firm footing. The audit was requested by county commissioners in response to continued complaints over inconsistencies and inequities in county property valuations.
The state report sets out a full list of tasks for the county appraiser's office and allows the staff 18 months to complete the work. Among the measures are checks on the computer models used to estimate property values and field work to review the condition, desirability and utility ratings of county property.
County Administrator Chris McKenzie said the state audit was objective and the work it calls for probably is needed. The cost of the extra workload to the county hasn't been determined, but it probably will be worth both the time and the money.
Several months ago, in response to a group of angry taxpayers, County Commissioner Mike Amyx pledged that local reappraisal snafus "would not happen again." The state audit and the county's response to that audit may allow Amyx to make good on that promise.