Mike Grant, Tami Little offer varied backgrounds, similar priorities for taxation management

County commissioners oversaw Tami Little being sworn in as the new Clackamas County assessor after the April 30 retriment of Bob Vroman, but she'll have to survive a challenge by Mike Grant in order to keep her job.

Tami Little and Mike GrantAn Oregon City resident, Grant held a similar position as Little in Oregon when he was the director of the Clatsop County Assessment and Taxation Department starting in 2013. He had joined Clatsop County in 2010 as a property appraisal supervisor.

Since resigning from Clatsop County in 2015, Grant has been working full time with Clackamas County as a commercial/industrial appraiser. The owner and manager of multiple rental properties, he was an adjunct professor at Marylhurst University from 2010 to 2017.

Little has been with the assessor's office for more than 34 years. She has served as assessment and taxation manager since 2007. She says that she had key roles in Clackamas County's implementation of Measures 5 and 50 and in major software conversions. She was also past president of the Oregon Association of County Tax Collectors.

Vroman, upon his retirement, had served as assessor for 11 years and recommended that Little succeed him.

Washington and Multnomah counties no longer elect the position of assessor. Vroman was elected to another full term in the 2016 primary. He won re-election by a relatively narrow margin with about 51.5 percent of the vote.

In general, the assessor's job has been less controversial since the 1990s statewide property tax limits curbed the discretion of assessors, although the checkerboard patterns of wildly differing property values are beyond their authority to fix.

Both candidates, Little and Grant, are emphasizing their experience in campaign materials. Fairness and fiscal responsibility are key promises for both candidates as well.

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