To the editor
I am writing to “set the record straight” regarding qualifications for the office of assessor. In a recent article by a local monthly newspaper, Bill Vandegrift was quoted as saying, “I’m a certified appraiser, which is a requirement for the office.” First of all, I’ve been an appraiser in El Dorado County for 30 years and I’ve never heard of Vandegrift being a certified or licensed appraiser. I seriously doubt that he is one.
Secondly, the requirement for an assessor is not to be a licensed appraiser, but rather to be certified with the state Board of Equalization as an appraiser for property tax purposes. To do this, you must be an employee of either the state board or a local assessor’s office and have passed a certification test.
Mr. Vandegrift works for neither, and if elected would have to be trained and educated to pass the certification test. Currently, he would not qualify to be even an apprentice appraiser in the assessor’s office.
Tim Holcomb, our current assistant assessor, is certified by the state Board of Equalization and can step into the job with no wasted time. I personally know him to be a dedicated knowledgeable and hard-working professional with excellent appraisal skills and considerable management experience. We need look no further than Tim Holcomb for the best candidate for assessor.
Richard Lemming Jr.
South Lake Tahoe