Each time the position of county assessor is up for election, there is always the hue-and-cry regarding increased property assessments by the assessor. One of the candidates for assessor is part of the equation of increased property assessments. As a Realtor, his job is to garner the most money possible for his client, the seller. Obviously, the more money the seller receives, the more commission the Realtor receives. At the same time, he wants to decry the increase in property assessments which he is in part responsible. “If” he becomes assessor, will be relinquish his Realtors license to eliminate the conflict of interest?
The other candidate, Tom Konis, has nearly 25 years experience in the assessor’s office and has performed his duties admirably. The assessor is reflecting market values of property as dictated by the market place, sellers, buyers and realtors. Tom Konis is directed by out state constitution and state tax/assessment laws to establish property assessments based on true and fair market value. We cannot afford to lose the kind of experience, honesty and integrity we now have in Tom Konis.
Vote Tom Konis, Spokane County Assessor.