Assessor Plot Thickens
Things have been pretty quiet with the Todd Kaufman lawsuit after the BOS fired him. But it’s clear that they have plans for his office, and many people think getting rid of Kaufman was the first step in injecting more politics into assessments.
First a Leesburg Today article on redoing the county’s financial system touches on some of this. County staff are trying to put off any major restructuring until this is complete. The best thing in that article is Government Reform Commission member/local political grand poobah 10th Congressional republican Committee Chairman John Whitbeck saying the county needs to expand and add more staff. More big government nonsense and increased spending, kind of like what he foisted on the Lansdowne HOA when he was President.
Then we get more to the meat of the matter with this Leesburg Today article asking who should control the Assessor’s office. It looks like this is more about who controls the process than doing a good job. Surely it is, because by all accounts, even the County Administrator’s last assessment, Todd Kaufman did an outstanding job of restoring professionalism to the Assessor’s office. But he had to go so they could argue about who control sit.
Once again the political hacks running the Government Reform Commission are running the show. By the accounts I have read it appears as if county department heads go in front of these people and grovel. All because the Government Reform Commission is comprised of the political lackeys put in charge of doing the dirty work of the supervisors and handing them pre-ordained recommendations in my opinion.
Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz is right in the middle of this, and has been stated by many for months now, Wertz wants the Assessor’s Office. Apparently Grand Poobah Whitbeck will be leading this portion of the Government Reform Commission’s agenda. But nowhere in that article is it mentioned that Wertz serves as a political sidekick to Whitbeck as his Finance Chairman of the 10th District Republican Committee. Loudoun Progress lays it out well. But hey, what do you expect when you have single party rule?
How in the world could Bob Wertz think it was a good idea to take this position? Did he volunteer for it, or was he pressured into it? It sounds like someone had a chit to call in with Wertz and used it to help prop up and legitimize Whitbeck. This gets Wertz nothing other than grief while legitimizing Whitbeck who was propped into this position with zero local party experience. Someone sold Wertz a bad bill of goods.
I’d rather my elected officials in charge of tax matters focus on the task at hand and not complicate things by getting overly political. But this is LoCo Loudoun County – what the hell am I thinking.