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By Kelly Shipp
For the Sentinel 

Assessor’s Office facing record number of appeals


Lou Marzeles

PHANTOM BUILDINGS: Andy Ford points to places on his property where buildings used to be. The now-removed buildings keep getting included in his property assessment from the county Assessor’s Office. Ford says he has tried multiple times to have the problem corrected with no progress. “I just want someone to get to the bottom of what is going on in that office,” he says.

This is the first of a two-part series on the Klickitat County Assessor’s Office. In this first story, the impact of new assessment procedures is examined. In next week’s conclusion, fuller response from Assessor Darlene Johnson and additional comment from other county officials is provided.

“My problem is that these are small things, but they are becoming magnified by the way they are being handled,” says local taxpayer Andy Ford, who has been trying to get the Klickitat County Assessors Office (AO) to make some corrections to his parcel information since last February.

Ford had noticed that something was wrong when Adam DeHart, a former county appraiser, came out to inspect his...

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Opinion writes:

The Assessor criticized Van Vanderberg based on the number of appeals that were filed for west end properties , where she resides, without addressing the number of appeals that were either worked out or the per centage of appeals the County won. She got rid of every assessor who knew what they were doing. Now she has more county wide appeals than Van Vandenberg ever had but expresses a willingness to personally settle all appeals which will take her hundreds of hours if not days to hear and handle. It was pointed out in the election she had no assessment experience but won anyway. Folks, you got what you voted for.


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