PROPERTY TAX ASSESSORS.
» It will be remembered that some little time ago there was a good deal of correspondence m the Gamara papers with reference to the appointment of Property Tax Assessors. This aroße out of the case of Mr John Church, a well known resident of that town, aud a thoroughly capable man for the duties of an asseseorship— an office indeed which he had more than once filled—and who was an applicant for appointment, j but whose application, although recommended by the County Council, was passed' over, and another person ap pointed, and that for political reasons, the Government putting forward the extraordinary plea that Mr Church was Ineligible because he teas a candidate \or the Rome of Representatives at the fast general election. We expressed our own views upon this novel political canon at the time, and need not now further enlarge thereon, but we are glad to Bee that the matter is not to he allowed to drop by the Oamaru public, among whom, and among the residents m North Otago geneially, a petition to the Legislature is m course of signature, which sets forth : — " That it is desirable m the levying of a tax upon property, under the existing Property Tax Act, that the value of real property should be arrived at equitably and impartially by competent valuers. " That whereas political and personal considerations have hitherto influenced the election of valuators, to the disregard j of the essential qualifications for the work ; and whereas the appointment of valuators by the Government is opposed to the wishes of your petitioners and of many property owners m New Zealand, it is deemed desirable that a different mode should be adopted m making such appointments. " That the most eligible men should invariably be selected for the important duty of assessing values, and your petitioners are of opinion that the various County Councils of New Zealand, being responsible bodies elected by the taxpayers, and intimately interested m having the properties within their districts properly valued, should be entrusted with the duty of appointing the Property Tax Assessors. "That should it be decided that Councils are not the proper bodies for mnking such appointments, your petitioners then desire that a special board should be established, outside the Government or political influence, to select and appoint the assessors." ' That whereas it is known that inexperienced valuators>-frequently at increased rate of payment — have been provided with all the details and values of their predecessors, your petitioners are of opinion that no such facilities should be furnished. " That whenever it becomes desirable or necessary to appoint new valuators m any district, it is incumbent that they should from their own personal knowledge and skill ascertain and state the value of properties, so that different and independent values should be secured, and not mere echoes former valuations." gjtYVith all these representations we entirely concur and hope that the petitioners will be successful m bringing about the improvements needed m the administration of the Property Tax Actj that is to say if that tax is to be retained. We should, however, much prefer to see it abolished altogether, and another form of taxation substituted which would fall more evenly and fairly than docs Sir Harry Atkinson's pet impost.
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PROPERTY TAX ASSESSORS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889
PROPERTY TAX ASSESSORS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889
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