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Letter: Johnson County assessor, staff do an excellent job

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Ron West

Johnson County commissioner


To the editor:

In response to the letter written by Kenneth R. DeVoe in the Jan. 2 Daily Journal, assailing the county assessor and his staff, I would like to make the following observations.

I know Mark Alexander, the county assessor, and his staff personally and can assure you that he is one of the most qualified county assessors in the state of Indiana. His staff is likewise qualified in their respective duties and work diligently to help the taxpayers of Johnson County.

Taxpayers need to understand that local elected officials work under the mandates and guidelines set by the state. When they have the flexibility to assist the taxpayer they do so, sometimes even making the taxpayer aware of how best to proceed and assisting them in their efforts.

When you are dealing with 60,000 parcels, new mandates and equivocal answers, yes, there can be mistakes or errors of omission. When you have nearly 4,000 homeowners appeal their assessments in one year, yes, there are some who will not be addressed in what we would otherwise consider an appropriate amount of time.

Our county employees seldom receive the recognition they justly deserve or the occasional thank-you for their efforts. So keep this thought in mind the next time you have a problem: The person on the other side of the counter or telephone is a taxpayer also, and a neighbor and a friend.

Mr. DeVoe quotes M. Tuillius Cicero circa 50 B.C. I, too, would like to quote Cicero, who said, “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.”

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