Assessor Ouster Dropped

Incline Village residents upset about high taxes have dropped their lawsuit aimed at ousting Washoe County Assessor Robert McGowan.
Leaders of the tax revolt say recent court rulings created too
high of burden to prove their case.
The suit had accused McGowan of failing to follow state rules on
appraising Lake Tahoe property for the 2005-06 tax year.
The rules put less emphasis on Tahoe views, sandy beaches and
other factors peculiar to Tahoe that would work to lower property
values.
District Judge Jerry Polaha met with lawyers when the agreement
was reached yesterday.
The 64-year-old McGowan says he doesn't plan to run for another
term this year and will retire after 34 years in county government.
Josh Wilson, an appraiser in the office, and Ernie McNeill, a
retired appraiser, say they plan to run for the office.


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