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WASHAM: Taxpayers, workers deserve better

Letter by Betty M. Balch, Lakewood on Nov. 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm with 7 Comments »
November 15, 2010 2:27 pm

After reading all three installments on Dale Washam (TNT, 11-12, 13 and 14), I sincerely wish I had been aware of all his misdeeds before helping elect him to the office of Pierce County assessor-treasurer.

His past behaviors are quite indicative of someone who needs an attitude adjustment and help in the area of interpersonal relationships. If he is not stopped, the county can look forward to paying dearly for his dictatorial manner. Employees deserve to be treated better than this.

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  1. In the case of Obomba:

    “His past behaviors are quite unreported and indicative of someone who needs an attitude adjustment and help in the area of interpersonal relationships with anyone not a 3rd world leader. If he is not stopped, the country can look forward to paying dearly for his dictatorial manner. Americans deserve to be treated better than this.”

    But he was voted in so…………………………

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/#ixzz15OwDHRJA

  2. Tales_of_the_Bizarro_World says:

    ………………………………. he can be voted out.

  3. Just how much additional property taxes have been put into the county till since Washam took office? And who has been paying those additional taxes?

    I smell a money trail.

  4. RBestrom says:

    pgroup,
    Apparently you do not understand the property tax system.

  5. rusirius says:

    pgroup. please reread the special inset regarding property valuation in the Sunday tnt. It actually shows that owners of property in Pierce County paid less tax, INCLUDING Dale Washam. That’s right. in 2008 he had an assessed value on a piece of property of $68,000 and he sold the property for over $150,000. where was his outrage then?

  6. rusirius says: November 16, 2010 at 7:29 am

    pgroup. please reread the special inset regarding property valuation in the Sunday tnt. It actually shows that owners of property in Pierce County paid less tax, INCLUDING Dale Washam. That’s right. in 2008 he had an assessed value on a piece of property of $68,000 and he sold the property for over $150,000. where was his outrage then?

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    I don’t know anything about somebody’s outrage at selling property for more than the assessed value since every real estate sale I’ve ever heard of was for higher than assessed value.

    My comment was directed to the increased assessment values for commercial properties and for county owned properties. My understanding is that the Trib property got an increase of 8 million dollars which seems to me to cause more than a petty increase in property taxes.

    County owned properties do not pay taxes but when the county dumps a property as surplus, the sale price is based on the assessed value. If it’s too low, the buyer gets a windfall. We won’t even begin to discuss how many buyers of surplus property are friends of powerful politicians.

    Does that help you get a whiff of the money trail? Or are you still dazzled by the glossy Trib portrait of Washam?

  7. slasmith says:

    Pgroup,
    In addition to the good points you made there is also the problem of some select people (friends of political insiders) paying less than they owe while those less popular (everyone else) pick up the slack.

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