Jackson Co. Assessor says he has no plans to resign after costly error

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore — Some residents in Jackson County may owe more in property taxes than first believed, following a tax form mistake by the Assessor’s office.

During last Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, leaders noted that Almeda fire victims were mistakenly given the wrong tax forms to document losses last year.

The error could cost thousands of dollars in taxes and also affect local departments.

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Newly elected County Assessor David Arrasmith, told NBC5 that there is a formula error in the system template that may have led to the mistake. He says the template, which is used to calculate fire damages for homes and buildings, has not been fixed since 2014.

“Unfortunately when we had the fires last September, staff used that template in the same manner that we’ve always used it,” Arrasmith said. “The error in the formula on the worksheet caused a problem in calculating an adjustment on the tax bill.”

Arrasmith says the formula makes it easier to document losses. In an effort to prevent another mistake, he says the office is working with the Oregon Department of Revenue to create new tax forms.

“It was a mistake, I wish our office hadn’t done it,” Arrasmith says. “We assigned about six people to work on the prorations as people filed it with our office. We have until June 30th to get the work done.”

Arrasmith’s four-year term started in January. Following posts from local outlets, he says he has no plans on resigning after the mistake.


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