Ada Commish Rick Visser tossed out a hot potato to the Assessor and fellow Commishes Thursday morning when he appeared before the Board of Equalization (comprised of the three commissioners) to appeal his own property tax assessment.
Visser was challenging a 21% hike in the assessed value of his home. He said all the houses in his neighborhood received similar appraisal increases, but he is the only one to appeal.
First to catch the hot spud was the staff of Assessor Bob McQuade who told the GUARDIAN, “We treated it just like any other property tax appeal.” He didn’t mention Visser is one of the guys who approves his budget and even his salary.
When it came time for the scheduled hearing, Visser properly recused himself from the decision process since he had an obvious conflict, leaving the hot potato in the hands of Commissioners Dave Case and Jim Tibbs. Case wasn’t about to get his hands burned, so he also recused himself by abstaining. That left Tibbs to catch the hot potato. He didn’t want to eat it all alone, so he too abstained. Tibbs sought to throw a “hail Mary” and get a motion to have the Idaho Board of Tax Appeals rule on Visser’s property value.
It wasn’t clear how any of this was legally accomplished since the quorum of at least two commsihes was destroyed when Case and Visser bowed out. Perhaps Somehow someone must have recinded their recusal?? They all took a lesson from former Prosecutor Greg Bower and got rid of the hot potato before anyone got burned.
Now the State Board of Tax Appeals will have to decide if it is gonna be fried, boiled, baked or mashed for Visser’s property.
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