CHICO – Alyssa Douglass knows the Butte County assessor’s office inside and out.
In 2004, Douglas began working for the Assessor’s Office and has been appraising commercial and industrial properties for the past 11 years as the State Board of Equalization Advanced Certified Property Tax Appraiser.
“And for the past 7 years, I have been in the role of supervising appraisers responsible for staff training and oversight,” Douglas said. “And so who am I and what do I do. I am the only candidate currently working in the office of the assessor and I have the support of the current assessor as well as the assistant assessor for this position.
Douglas said one of his driving forces in his job is serving taxpayers and making sure they are being assessed properly, in many cases to know if they are paying too much. He himself previously owned a photography business and had to pay taxes quarterly.
“Every time someone comes to the counter, I always think about how confusing it was to fill out the paperwork and how stressful it was to do so,” Douglas said. “And everyone in the office says ‘Alyssa, you always do the taxpayer’s side,’ because I’ll always defend them when the taxpayer comes over.”
Douglas said she intends to help those who find it in the assessor’s office.
“If they’re coming to the counter for help, that means they’re trying to do the right thing,” Douglas said. “They’re not trying to take anything away. You know, I really care about taxpayers. I really believe I’m the person with the experience who can really do the best work for the people in this community.” .
When asked what sets him apart from the other two candidates in the race, Douglas said it was his practical experience and longevity.
“I really feel that if you have to have some sort of vision for what needs to change, you have to be a participant in that office to know what needs to change,” Douglas said. “And so not only have I been in that office for 18 years, and I’ve been there for everything, all these fires, recessions, businesses. And through all of this, I’ve been there. I’m there helping taxpayers I haven’t given up to pursue other opportunities. I haven’t been on all kinds of boards trying to build my resume for political office. I’ve been here at an assessor’s office helping taxpayers “
Douglas is running for the Butte County assessor position against Randall Stone and Michael Howard. The race will appear on the June 7 ballot.