WENATCHEE — Commissioners have been unable to coax a resident of the county’s District 3 — an area that stretches from Manson to Sunnyslope — to apply for the county’s 3-person Board of Equalization.
They’ve been looking for two years.
The board is a sort-of mediator between the Chelan County assessor and property owner when disputes arise over land valuations for taxing purposes.
Doug England, commissioner for District 3, says he’s mentioned the opening many times in radio interviews, but every time he approaches someone about actually applying for the post, they laugh at him.
“There is a perception that too often, they’ll be in a position that they have to tell their neighbors they’re wrong, and the assessor is right,” he said.
It’s a fairly glamorless job, but an important one, according to county Administrator Cathy Mulhall.
The board meets twice a year. Each “meeting” can span several days as the board works through its accumulated list of disputes to settle. Boardmembers receive $50 per day and serve 3-year terms.
Board applicants must be at least 18. They need no prior experience, but must be available to attend the twice-yearly meeting sessions and a state-mandated training session.
Interested in becoming an equalizer? Send a letter describing your background and skills to the Chelan County Commission Office, 400 Douglas St., Suite 201, Wenatchee.
For questions, call Rikki Filyaw in the county clerk’s office, 667-6565