The New Guard at the Assessor’s Office
DATE: April 2, 2018
TO: Incline Village & Crystal Bay Property Owners
FROM: Village League Tax Revolt Committee
Our long fight to reverse the disastrous damage inflicted upon on us by the Washoe
County Assessor over a decade ago will continue until the illegally collected taxes are
returned. One piece of welcome news is that we no longer have to battle the current
Washoe County Assessor.
All should remember that around 1980 property taxes in Nevada were soaring in
response to inflation- driven real estate values, causing serious hardships for property
owners. In an effort to cure this the Nevada legislature established the “taxable value”
system for assessing property, designed to keep values realistic at modest and
Under pressure from local officials for more revenues, however, many county assessors
ignored the meaning of the revised law and sought ways to come up with higher
assessments. Such was the case in 2003 when county assessor Robert McGowan
imposed a huge unprecedented tax increase on the Incline Village / Crystal Bay
community. Thousands of taxpayers petitioned the outrageous and wrongful
assessments. With the help of many in the community, the Village League has been
fighting those unjust and unconstitutional assessments.
This trend changed in Washoe County when Mike Clark became county assessor in
2014. Mr. Clark and his staff listen to taxpayers and make a real effort to address issues.
His assessor’s office runs like an efficient business with employees polite and helpful to
taxpayers. For example, out of Washoe County’s 170,000 parcels there were only 91
appeals to the assessor’s assessments under Mike’s administration. Thanks to Mr.
Clark’s staff efforts to resolve disputes only five taxpayers actually went the extra step of
appearing before the County Board of Equalization. Mr. Clark has vigorously opposed
the efforts of special interests to impose unjust policies and laws adverse to taxpayers.
Under Mr. Clark’s policy, Washoe County keeps assessments at reasonable levels,
strictly within the meaning of the law.
Public service must not be about ideological or personal agendas. A true public servant
understands the meaning of “service:” to commit oneself toward the benefit and
protection of citizens with the sole agenda of being useful to the public good.
We are pleased to have a public official who honors the taxpayers’ concerns and
interests. The Village League has never been an enemy of taxes or government. We
simply want to see justice and fairness, and we welcome genuine public service. We
applaud Mr. Clark on his exceptional performance as county assessor.
Village League to Save Incline Assets Board Members:
-Todd Lowe, President
-Les Barta, Vice President
-Dale Akers, Secretary Treasurer
-Dean Ingemanson, Director
Village League to Save Incline Assets, Inc.
Non-Profit Corporation – FEIN 88-0399029
77 Shoreline Circle, Incline Village, NV 89451