I’m Chip Evans, and I’m running to be your full-time, no-conflicts, Washoe County assessor. Our incumbent inherited a competent staff in a booming housing market, yet all is not well in the assessor’s office.
As your new assessor, I will provide credible leadership and be a strong voice for Washoe County. Outcomes of the state Legislature’s property-related discussions are sure to impact us differently than Clark County and Nevada’s rural communities.
In contrast, Mike Clark declined the Legislature’s invitation to testify about a proposed property tax bill, and the people of Washoe went unheard once again. I will be your full-time assessor who will show up for these critical conversations.
My vision is to expand the assessor’s office to conduct new levels of analyses and research to inform our legislature’s property tax policies discussions. I’m the straight shooter you can count on to give you the unbiased facts. I will ensure that our elected officials, school boards and you understand how any proposed changes may affect you.
In contrast, the city council and mayor of Sparks (all Republicans) have publicly denounced Mike Clark for spreading false and misleading information to voters during this election. Members of the Reno City Council and our county school board have voiced similar concerns, and the majority of both groups have endorsed my candidacy.
I have received support from Washoe County commissioners, the Association of General Contractors of Nevada, Northern Nevada’s Central Labor Council and many other community members and organizations that work with the assessor’s office.
My opponent takes credit for the falling number of assessment appeals, but that is misleading. There is an absolute pattern that appeals go up in a falling market and down in a rising market. The Board of Equalization chairperson, who considers property tax appeals, endorses my candidacy and does not give Clark credit for the falling number of appeals.
Clark has drawn widespread bipartisan opposition to his re-election, including from members of his own staff. They report that he’s rarely in the office. Two staff members even ran against him in the primary, one as a Republican and one as a Democrat.
Clark currently operates three real-estate related business. Washoe County voters must decide whether anyone with substantial financial interests in real estate should hold this office. Almost universally this is considered a bad idea. It creates the appearance of impropriety and raises conflict of interest concerns.
I do not operate any side businesses in real estate, which means I will not have any conflicts of interest, and I will be working for you full-time.
Like my opponent before his current term, I enter this role not as a certified assessor. Instead, I bring real estate experience as a buyer, seller, investor, manager and developer in multiple states. I also bring years of business management and executive leadership experience. I bring knowledge and understanding of Washoe County from my years of deep involvement in our community.
As your next Washoe County assessor, I will be a strong voice for you. I will work hard to inform and protect our communities. I will work full-time and have absolutely no conflicts of interest. Most of all, I will bring integrity and nonpartisanship back to the assessor’s office. I’m Chip Evans, and I appreciate your vote for Washoe County assessor.
Chip Evans is a candidate for Washoe County assessor.