35 counties fail Oklahoma real estate audit

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OKLAHOMA -- A 2013 real estate audit by the state of Oklahoma shows that nearly half of the counties in the state failed, but four southeastern counties in our area passed.

Atoka County Tax Assessor Nancy Hill said, "It's not necessarily the money you need to get this system going, it's just the time and effort and employees to put the information in."

Atoka County passed a recent state performance audit conducted among 77 county assessors offices in Oklahoma. Carter, Marshall, and Love Counties also passed, but 35 counties failed.

Hill said, "A lot of the rural counties didn't have the funding, they thought to hire employees to run this system."

State officials developed a system over twenty years ago called computer assisted mass appraisal or CAMA.

Hill says it helped their process, by more accurately appraising county real estate.

Bryan County Tax Assessor Glendel Rushing said, "We are just now getting assistances from the state to help us implement this program."

His office did not pass the audit. He says they haven't implemented CAMA yet due to a lack of funds.

Rushing added, "I think it will be much quicker, we'll be able to reach each year."

A state spokesperson says they are trying to convert every county to this system to ensure fair, legal value for real estate across the state and counties have up to 3 years to implement it.

Hill said, "We were not following the law, and that's the whole reason for having to use this computer system, you don't not just follow the law nowadays, you better follow the law and do it right."