The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Friday to uphold Maricopa County Assessor Paul Peterson’s 120-day suspension and directed the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to pursue his removal from office.
Ryan Boyd’s path to politics wasn’t quite a straight line.
Within minutes of hearing discussions of residential private golf course memberships, hilltop views and the actual market value of luxury homes in north Scottsdale, a hearing officer with the Arizona State Board of Equalization reached a conclusion - the value of Dennis Grose's home had been overestimated by the office of Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell by almost $250,000 dollars.
Arizona residents and business owners who have seen their property values drop significantly during the past few years have filed what's expected to be a record number of appeals to challenge the valuations - and their tax burdens - set by their county assessors.
After learning in February that 99 percent of all Maricopa County homeowners could expect to see the value of their homes decrease from the previous year, Gregory Sarena was stunned to learn the county assessor concluded his Cave Creek residence had gone up 20 percent within one year.