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By Lou Marzeles

Assessor: some county farmland values to see double digit rise in valuation


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CLIMBING VALUES IN FARMLANDS: Klickitat County Assessor Darlene Johnson, shown here speaking last year, says some farm property values will rise as much as 12.5 percent

“It’s killing me,” the farmer said. He stood at the front counter in The Sentinel office in early May, talking about the new property assessment being done on his land. “The value’s jumped a ridiculous amount overnight. It’s going to drive me out of business.”

Changes in valuation have been sharp and sudden on some properties in Klickitat County since Darlene Johnson became the new assessor last year. Johnson says she understands why some people get very concerned. “Change is scary,” she says. “People don’t like change.”

The assessor has gotten praise and criticism since taking office, hardly an unusual phenomenon in public office. Johnson says issues over farmland...

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Reader Comments

5150flyer writes:

I just talked to the biggest realtor in the county and they say land values near wind turbines have been hurt badly. I hope the assessor keeps that in mind. And for the farmers making a quick buck with wind turbines - make'm pay big time!

Opinion writes:

It will be interesting how the reevaluation will affect some farm properties, like the Kreps or the Hoctors.


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