Assessor clams up
property owners in the Wood River Valley can be excused if they scoff at
Blaine County Assessor Valdi Paceís claim that the world renowned Sun
Valley Resortís land is worth dramatically less than nearby commercial
land in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue.
thereís a reasonable explanation for the disparity, but Pace isnít
providing one. Sheís conveniently retreated into a shell, declining to
justify what surely seems, in the words of the last presidential campaign,
sheís left the public with only the Idaho State Tax Commission to turn
to for an explanation, but it can only guess at the methods the assessor
may have used to come up with the widely disparate valuations that
logically result in what appears to be a huge tax break for the Sun Valley
all that land ó the Lodge and Inn, the shopping mall, the opera house
ó worth $247,900 per acre, while commercial land just a mile away in
downtown Ketchum is valued at $4.4 million an acre.
nearly 18 times higher than the resortís valuation.
charged by law to impose equitable property assessments. If assessments
have gone haywire for some reason, she is obligated to explain the problem
to the public and fix them if necessary.
to quit hiding and start talking to the public that elected her.