Madison County Board of Assessor member Jim Escoe wanted to talk about “removal of (fellow) board members” at a recent county commissioners’ meeting, but he told the BOC that their rules “suck” after he was cut short due to a three-minute speaking limit.
On Monday, his fellow BOA member David Ragland pushed Escoe to offer specifics about his proposed removal of board members. But Escoe had little to say.
“Would you discuss this with the board of assessors?” asked Ragland.
“No,” said Escoe.
“Would you discuss it with me as to the nature of why you want members or the whole board removed?” asked Ragland. “Is it singular, double, three, four, the whole board?
“What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?” responded Escoe. “Anything you ask me from here out, ‘no.’”
Assessor board member Bob Fowler said he would like to schedule a work session between the assessor board and the BOC so that Escoe can talk about the matter.
“I’d like Mr. Escoe to have his say,” said Fowler. “He was sort of cut off the last time. .. I’d like to have a work session in January.”
Assessor Chairman Samantha Garland suggested that Fowler ask Escoe if he’d be willing to attend a work session with the commissioners to discuss his proposed removal of board of assessor members.
“Jim has some issues he needs to get out,” said Fowler. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t (attend the meeting). Would you entertain that Jim?”
“No,” said Escoe. “No work session. I was cut off, abruptly cut off and put in my place the other night.”
To have a board member be honest and willing to go up against the good ol' boy network is exactly what the BOA/A.Office needs. If Mr. Escoe knows something of importance that he deems necessary to disclose than let the issues be addressed and rectified. Don't allow anyone to shut you up because they don't want the truth to be told! The taxpayers have a right to know how things are running. Good or bad.
If you need any more evidence that we need to eliminate property assessments and tax and implement the Fair Tax, or some other system, just keep reading about the corrupt Board of Assessors, Boards of Equalization, tax assessors, and the rest of the thieves walking out of the courthouse with our money.
Mr. Escoe should be man enough to discuss his problems with his fellow board members.
I am not taking up for the other members but if I were the one being accused I would want to know why.
I think they should start over with a entirely new board including the Escoe man.
Concerned and Confused Citizen
12/18/08 at 08:29 PM
Tax bills are late again, we get punished as taxpayer's because internal bickering continues. It's the BOA-vs-Tax Appraiser, now we got internal board bickering. If Mr. Escoe knows something or has a better way of doing thing's then say so and stop acting like a spoiled kid. He did get ambused at the last BOC meeting by Chairman Nash when the 3 minute rule was envoked after he started his presentation to the board. I have seen this rule inconsistently applied at other BOC meeting's. Mr. Escoe got mad and lost his last 2 1/2 minutes remaining a lot could have been said in that time frame if he had wanted to. He contends something is amiss on the BOA. It's like he has a big secret as to what is wrong and doesn't want to address the issue. We start over next year with another appraiser if Mr.Flynt is not re-hired, of which I doubt he will be, then what? Do we continue to have this in fighting or do we clean house and start over? I want my taxes in a timely manner and don't really care how the BOA get's the digest out in '09. Paying taxes twice a year is no fun. Stop pointing fingers and fix it or get gone!! What about the DOR audit, has everything wrong been corrected?