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Supervisors consider sending assessor duties to commissioner of revenue

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday a recommendation from the board’s finance committee that the functions of the county assessor are returned to the Loudoun Commissioner of Revenue.

Loudoun County Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz, an elected constitutional officer, has expressed his willingness to take on the duties of the county assessor, which include overseeing the current operations of the county assessor office.

The Loudoun County Government Reform Commission, a new group appointed by the Board of Supervisors, initiated the recommendation. At the Sept. 10 finance committee meeting, Tom Julia, chair of the reform commission, said returning the duties to the revenue commissioner – where the responsibilities fell in the 1980’s – makes sense from an efficiency and continuity standpoint.

Former Loudoun County Assessor Todd Kaufman, one of three county workers hired by and reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors, was fired in June after a series of closed-door discussions and a questionable placement on administrative leave. No details have been given for the reason of his firing.

Kaufman has filed a lawsuit against the county for defamation of character.

Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), chair of the finance committee, in his comments supporting the transfer, said he believes the county administrator and county attorney are the only positions that should report directly to the board.

The assessor’s office maintains appraisal and property records for assessment and taxation purposes and manages a countywide system for the maintenance of fair market values and equitable assessments on all types of real property.

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