Don Munks, our trusty Assessor, has been promising the great unveiling of his department's Strategic Plan, just as soon as it was written by Wes Hagen ... who was recently replaced. Apparently the Strategic Plan was Mr. Hagen's "Swan Song." The Commissioners and County Administrator, Tim Holloran, were assured it would be in their hands on Monday, November 21.
Well ... both November 21 and Wes Hagen came and went ... without the unveiling of the long-awaited Strategic Plan.
Skagit Leeks learned today that Mr. Munks is "... hoping to have it proofed by the end of the week ..." and then released. We're all literally on the edge of our seats with anticipation to get a look at this baby. I mean, we all know it has to have specifics on staffing and using the new computer system.
And there will most certainly be specific plans for auditing both the Clean Water Tax System and the 40-year-old Land Use System. We at Skagit Leeks know both of those systems have problems up the gazoo.
Surely it's mandatory that the PLAN must clearly state how the Assessor's Office is going to satisfy all of the Requirements (6) specified in the two Audit Reports from the Department of Revenue Property Tax Division. Mandatory because addressing all the requirements are "... required to adhere to the law." And we're all about "adhering to the law" here in Skagit County.
Then this PLAN will surely address how the Assessor's Office is going to deal with the additional Recommendations (14) that were also specified in the two audits.
And most critical of all are the specifics on how Mr. Munks' operation is going to ensure that they include all of the new construction in next year's assessment rolls ... which they failed to do this last time around. And we citizens know what that means, don't we? Skagit County taxpayers will take it in the shorts when they get their new tax statements on Valentine's Day. (Happy VD to us!)
Stay tuned for word of the Official Rollout. We've been promised a copy before the ink is dry.