LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Tax Commission says Love County has fallen out of the state’s compliance for assessing property. The State’s Equalization Board voted to sanction Love County for not adjusting property assessments. First News reporter Teddy Safo spoke with both state and Love County officials.
State officials say the sanction is basically a warning for Love County to bring their visual inspection plans of property up to date. Love County assessor Cathy Carlile says they are doing their best, but constant changes in staff has made inspections difficult.
The State’s Equalization voted to sanction Love County for not physically going out to all properties and visually making sure that significant structure changes hadn’t been made.
County assessors say there are 12,000 properties they have to visually inspect every four years, but in the past three years several data collectors have left for better job opportunities, leaving the county understaffed. They currently have five data collectors who are licensed to inspect property within the county.
County assessor Cathy Carlile says property values have already been assessed so residents will not see an increase in taxes.
"We’ve got everything done up to par like it should be except for that fact we didn’t get around to some of the locations in the county, specifically the Thackerville area," Carlile says.
Not only is the lack staff posing problems, officials say the growth around the Thackerville area is making it hard from them to keep up.
The board also found Atoka, Caddo, Ellis and Tillman counties are still out of compliance with assessment procedures. Officials say those counties had shown progress in improving their procedures.