While doing her best to follow the state laws regarding property tax assessment, Barbara Wagner never forgets that she is representing the taxpayers of Benton County. She insists that her employees treat the citizens of the county with respect and dignity.
Our first duty to the taxpayers is to listen to their concerns. Barbara knows that most taxpayers who come in really just want to pay their fair share of taxes. For six straight years she has been one of only two counties in the state to receive perfect scores in its assessment ratios (meaning that taxpayers are not being unfairly taxed).
She has implemented our website to aid in discovery of information for the local real estate agents and bank appraisers.
Though Benton County has grown considerably in the 20 years she has been assessor, her department has only grown by half a position. She has streamlined the work though modernization and use of electronic devices. In her office there is no waste.
Lisa Overson, Kennewick