• Final push to end elected Marion County assessors fails

    by  • August 12, 2014 • Breaking News

    SALEM — The latest attempt to make the Marion County supervisor of assessments position an appointed seat failed Tuesday night before the full county board.

    Board member Micah Mulvaney’s second attempt to take the office marion county courthouseselection from the voter and give it to the county board also failed. His first attempt in December was pulled from the agenda, when Board Chairman Erwin Hahn found the measure was moving too quickly and needed to be referred to a committee for further research and discussion.

    That was the last heard of the effort until last month, when Centralia real estate agent Mark Miller submitted an insufficient amount of petitions to County Clerk Steve Fox, seeking to have the issue placed on the November ballot and asking for the item to be placed on the agenda of a county board committee meeting.

    The petitions dated back to January of this year, with only 311 signatures, including those of people not eligible to sign. Mulvaney’s grandfather, Salem surveyor Marvin Jenkins, admitted to circulating some of the petitions and to supporting the move to have the assessor appointed by the board.

    It was estimated at the committee meeting between 1,600 and 1,800 valid signatures would be required to have the item placed on the November ballot and the proposal failed in committee when members failed to take action.

    Despite the lack of action, however, the proposal could still make it to the ballot with the approval of the full county board, and Mulvaney took another shot at pushing the issue by having it placed on the Tuesday night agenda for the full board, where it again failed and will not be on the general election ballot.