WATERVILLE — James H. “Jim” Ruud announced Monday that he will seek a second term as Douglas County assessor. As of this morning, he is the only candidate who has filed for Douglas County assessor.
Ruud, a Republican living in Waterville, said he came into the office at the peak of the real estate bubble, which was followed by a downturn in property values.
“This situation created interesting challenges for the assessor office,” Ruud said. Douglas County currently reassesses property every two years. A new state law will require the transition to annual assessments. According to Ruud, “This will allow for a more rapid adjustment to changing property values.”
He said the assessor’s office is currently working on computer and software upgrades in order to accommodate the annual assessment process.
Ruud has been a real estate associate broker, an insurance agent specializing in crop insurance, a property manager for absentee landowners and was a board member of the former Mid-State Bank. Ruud said his family owns and operates the oldest continually working wheat and cattle ranch in Douglas County, established in 1883.
Michele Mihalovich: 665-1188