Pearsall Pledges to Continue Progress That Has Earned Her Office International Distinction
Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall announces she will seek re-election in the August 30, 2016 primary election to continue representing Yavapai County voters with honesty and integrity and to continue improving the counties' assessment process.
Under Pearsall’s leadership, Yavapai County has one of the leading assessor offices in the country. Pearsall is the only Arizona assessor ever to be in line to achieve the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Distinguished Certificate of Excellence Award - this is one of the top awards presented to assessment offices throughout the world which have been designated as serving as models for the overall industry.
“I am proud of the work we’re doing to improve the fairness and accuracy of the assessments in Yavapai county. We are utilizing some of the latest technology, along with a steadfast commitment to getting it right, to make our office a source of pride for the people of Yavapai County,” said Pearsall.
“I want to continue the tremendous progress we are making, and I am asking the people of Yavapai County to re-elect me so we can continue doing the job right,” she said.
Pearsall recently unveiled the assessor's new computer assisted mass appraisal system (CAMA), which her office began working on several years ago. The new CAMA system allows the assessor’s office to instantly and accurately identify parcels of property throughout the county through a variety of search options.
“I’m probably most excited about the fact that I can make information through this system available to the general public, free of charge, for them to make informed decisions about any property purchases or development they seek to do,” Pearsall said.
Pearsall has been a strong advocate for reducing property taxes. She continues to work with the state legislature to find ways to save taxpayer dollars. She has worked to simplify the property tax system in Arizona and has updated valuations on all properties including some which had not been updated for up to 30 years - this shifted property taxes back to where they belonged and away from those that were unfairly carrying more of the tax burden.
She is a leader in government transparency, assuring that all property assessments are listed on the Internet. She also is a leader in promoting industry education and standards. Pearsall has completed the rigorous education requirements to be a level 2 appraiser with the Arizona Department of Revenue and has required that her field deputies pass similar certification classes. She is currently taking courses to be an instructor for the International Association of Assessing Officers.
Always interested in Mass appraisal and automated valuation models (AVM's) Pearsall performed a research project on Zillow (an online Automated Valuation Module), she presented her findings to the International Association of Assessing Officers then she was invited to publish this research project in Fair and Equitable, an international magazine. Pearsall's presentation on Zillow has been certified for continuing education for appraisers by the Arizona Department of Revenue. In addition, Pearsall is schedule to film a web-ex for the International Association of Assessing officers on her Zillow research project.
Pearsall started her career in the late 70's and early 80's as a licensed Real Estate Agent through the Arizona Department of Real Estate, later she became a licensed (Residential) appraiser, then was promoted to a General Certified (Commercial and Complex property) appraiser, she is currently serving her third term as the Yavapai County Assessor. Over the last seven years Pam has served as the President of the Arizona Association of Assessing Officers, she is on the National Association of County Officials Rural and Agricultural Steering Committee and she sits on the International Association of Assessing Officers Professional Standards Committee.
Pearsall is a 3rd generation Arizonian, is married to Robert D. Pearsall, Jr. of Prescott. They have four adult children – six grandchildren and are expecting twin granddaughters. Pam has memberships in several organizations, including AACO (Arizona Association of County Officials), IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers), AAAO (Arizona Association of Assessing Officers), NRA (National Rifle Association) and more.
For more information on Pearsall and the Yavapai County Assessor’s office, visit www.pampearsall.com or https://www.facebook.com/assessorpampearsall?ref=aymt_homepage_panel