The Oklahoma Tax Commission, on behalf of the State Board of Equalization, has completed its annual performance audit of all 77 county assessor offices and reported its results to the Board on December 1st.
Their report reflects that the Tulsa County Assessor achieved a perfect score of 100 percent, receiving 275 out of a possible 275 points on the audit.
“I am very proud of my staff and the service they perform on behalf of the taxpayers,” said Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel. “A few years ago we initiated new programs designed to upgrade the quality of our staff, including hiring college graduates and providing extensive training to our entire staff. Scoring 100 percent on the performance audit is a credit to that effort and a validation that we are placing accurate and equitable values on property in Tulsa County.”
Assessor employee John Wright was awarded the IAAO Accredited Member certification (IAM) by the International Association of Assessing Officers, the professional association for government assessors. To receive this certification, honorees must have been in the assessing profession for a minimum of five years and successfully passed 105 hours of tested class work.
Wright’s title was recently changed to director of service operations to more aptly reflects his position in the office hierarchy and his role as the executive level manager over the Title Research and Taxpayer Services departments, said Yazel.
“John is a valuable asset to my executive staff and to my office,” Yazel said. “He is a former realtor, businessman and legislator, and his experience has proved to be very important as my office has dealt with serious challenges over the years. John’s IAM certification and his upgraded status are a reflection of his commitment to the profession, his dedication to serving the taxpayers of Tulsa County, and his value to my office.”