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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 3, 2015 General And Special Election

County, Assessor 



Lloyd Hara



Lloyd Hara


Education: BA in Economics, Masters in Public Administration, University of Washington
Occupation: King County Assessor and Small Business Owner

Statement:

When you elected me Assessor, we were in the grip of the recession.  With property values back on the rise, it’s important your property assessments continue to be fair and accurate.

 

We made it easier to petition values with online appeals.  Even with this improvement, property valuation appeals have dropped 50% since I took office, signaling public confidence in our work!

The Assessor’s office does not set taxes.  We do, however, value 700,000 King County properties annually.  In that process, we won nine national awards.  We are rated one of the best Assessor’s offices nationally for excellence in setting values, technology innovation, public education, transparency, and customer service.

We help senior-citizens with tax relief programs to keep housing affordable.  We advocated to the Legislature and this year the income limits were increased so that more seniors, veterans, and disabled qualify for property tax relief.  This will help homeowners afford to stay in their homes – as King County becomes more expensive.

We transformed the office by focusing on customer service.  When you call our office you speak with a live person – not a recording.  Our award-winning website is the second most visited County site.  We launched LocalScape, which provides info 24/7 about how we value your property and other significant community data.

 

Employees rated us with the highest workplace satisfaction among all King County agencies!

We have more great work to do and would appreciate your vote.

I am endorsed by a coalition of supporters including former Governors Gary Locke and Mike Lowry; Attorney General Bob Ferguson; King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn, Larry Gossett, Jane Hague, Larry Phillips, Dave Upthegrove, Rod Dembowski, and Pete von Reichbauer; Sheriff John Urquhart; Laborers Local 242; King County Democrats; Mainstream Republicans of Washington; King County Realtors; Equal Rights Washington, and Fire Fighters 27.



For more information:

466 SMITH ST.
SEATTLE, WA 98109
(206) 726-8053
citizensforhara@comcast.net
www.LloydHara.com

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John Wilson



John Wilson


Education: Bachelor’s in Editorial Journalism and Political Science, University of Washington
Occupation: Special Project Manager for Innovation at King County

Statement:

John Wilson is the clear choice for non-partisan King County Assessor.  He’ll put taxpayers before politics.

 

John will make sure property taxes are fair, ensure it’s easy to file an appeal, and that the office is well-run.

 

The incumbent, Lloyd Hara, is a career politician who has raised property tax levels to their highest since 2009, killed a technology partnership potentially worth millions to King County taxpayers, and then demanded a huge pay hike for himself – $14,000 a year more than we pay the Governor. Hara compared himself to Assessors in California and Texas. He’s already the highest paid Assessor in Washington at $169,000 a year.

 

John will reject the incumbent’s self-serving pay hike demand. As chief deputy assessor, John built a record of innovation and reform. He spearheaded development of the first-ever mobile device app to improve assessment accuracy and efficiency. He launched the state’s first online property tax appeals platform. He even re-deployed slightly used fleet vehicles to save money and get work done more efficiently. John’s leadership saved taxpayer millions and delivered results.

 

Sadly, many innovative initiatives in the Assessor’s Office have stalled since John left.

 

If elected, John will aggressively work to sign up eligible seniors and veterans for the property tax exemption program, and work with Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray and others to find solutions to the affordable housing crisis to help renters and homeowners.

 

John isn’t a life-long politician. He’ll do what’s right instead of what is self-serving. That’s why Dan Evans, Martha Choe, Bruce Harrell, Rob McKenna, John Okamoto, Cathy Degginger, Claudia Kauffman, Paula Boggs, Norm Dicks, Chris Vance, Dorothy Bullitt, Denis Hayes, King County Labor Council, Aerospace Machinists 751, Amalgamated Transit Union 587, Teamsters 117 and countless others have endorsed John. 

 

Please vote John Wilson for King County Assessor.  Thank you. 



For more information:

PO BOX 1491
AUBURN, WA 98071
(206) 369-7677
info@wilson4assessor.com
www.wilson4assessor.com

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