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Wants Eckard appointed to fill county's assessor post

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On Nov. 4 the Placer County Supervisors will appoint a new assessor for Placer County. This decision will have an immense impact on the fiscal condition of our county. Currently the assessor’s office appears to be in disarray. Many of the office’s staff seem to lack adequate appraisal training or have the ability to make convincing professional presentations before the Assessment Appeals Board. The valuation of property presents a large majority of the workload of this office and has a tremendous economic impact on our county’s tax revenues. The current assessor’s office needs leadership from a person who has an exceptional background in appraisal work, has the ability to work with other department leaders, create a team building atmosphere which is conducive to working with other departments, and has the ability to train staff and professional personnel in performing the duties of the Assessor’s office. State probate referee Kevin Eckard is the most qualified individual. Professionally, I have been associated with Mr. Eckard over the past 12 years. As an appraiser and state probate referee he is a valuable asset to my CPA firm when valuation of estates or property becomes an issue. Mr. Eckard has the professional background, the work experience in both the public and private sector, and possesses the temperament to make an outstanding Assessor for Placer County. I ask each of the supervisors to act favorably on his appointment. E. Ken Tokutomi, CPA, Auburn Trustee, Placer County Board of Education