July 28, 2014
Eighteen property owners at an upscale north Lake Tahoe community have sued Washoe County Assessor Robert McGowan in a dispute over how his office values property at the lake.
In their district court suit, the Incline Village residents contend a rating system for Tahoe views that's used in computing land values is arbitrary.
Property taxes rose an average of 30 percent this year in Incline Village as a result of a once-in-five-year reappraisal.
The Village League to Save Incline Assets, which is spearheading the tax revolt, contends the rating system is found nowhere else in Nevada and should be banned.
McGowan disagrees the view ratings are arbitrary, noting the state and county boards of equalization found his office did nothing illegal.
Also named as defendants were the state and county appeal boards, the Nevada Tax Commission and the Nevada Taxation Department.