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Property assessor's job is about people and places

Robert Houk • Apr 3, 2019 at 6:29 PM

Scott Buckingham has served as assessor of property in Washington County since August 2009 when he was appointed by the County Commission to fill an unexpired term created by the incumbent’s sudden retirement. Buckingham, who has been a building contractor since 1991, has been re-elected to the office three times.

His current four-year term as assessor of property ends next year.

Fast Facts

Favorite Movie: “Field of Dreams.”

Dog or Cat: “Definitely dog. I woud have lots of dogs but my wife Lana says no.”

Ideal vacation: “We love Charleston, S.C. It’s easy to get to and is a beautiful place with lots of history.”

WHAT DOES AN ASSESSOR OF PROPERTY DO?

The assessor of property accurately identifies, lists, appraises and classifies all property in the county for tax purposes.

HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY CHANGED THE WAY YOU DO YOUR JOB?

It has changed things tremendously, and we are still changing. When I first arrived to the office, we had one laptop. Now, all our field guys use one and the state provides great programs to use. And, of course, we have Google maps.

THIS IS A PROPERTY REAPPRAISAL YEAR. HOW’S THAT GOING?

It’s basically over, thank goodness. It’s a very big job and requires us to look at every parcel in the county. The new notices will be mailed out the week after Easter.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The people I work with are great. They do a fantastic job helping the citizens of Washington County. I really like when people leave the office feeling that we have listened to them.

HOW DO YOU RELIEVE STRESS?

I like to golf, but I’m not very good. I think it’s being left-handed.

 

 

 

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