City assessor declares for second term
Appeal Staff Writer
Carson City Assessor Dave Dawley announced Tuesday he will seek a second term.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments our office has completed in the last four years,” Dawley said. “I am excited to continue on with this progress.”
He considers his implementing Assembly Bill 489 and Senate Bill 509, approved by state lawmakers in 2005, his most significant achievement, he said. The two pieces of legislation put a 3 percent ceiling on the property taxes paid by Nevada property owners.
Dawley became involved in creating this legislation by assisting to write the bills and testifying to lawmakers about the issue.
“I was complimented that my expertise in the area of property assessment was helpful to legislators as they considered this forward-looking approach to ensure that homeowners were not taxed out of their homes,” he said.
Once the law changed, Dawley and his staff then had to individually restructure the valuing of each parcel of land in Carson City – and determine the separate cost of each improvement on those parcels – in response to the new taxation rules.
Rebuilding the assessor’s databanks to include more individualized records will take years of slow and highly detailed effort, but, he said, the work is worthwhile because of the huge benefit it’s bringing to taxpayers.
His seven staff members have worked hard to achieve this goal, too. It’s a project he’d like to continue working on, he said.
“Property tax increases are now capped even though the cost of land and housing in this area has skyrocketed,” he said. “This is helping to protect the taxpayers and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Dawley began work in the Assessor’s Office in 1993 as a property appraiser and was promoted to chief deputy in October 1999. He is a state-certified appraiser of real and personal property with an associate’s degree in general business from Western Nevada Community College. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in general business at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dawley is a Nevada native who grew up in Lake Tahoe. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller.
He has a wife and three young children. The Dawleys have lived in Carson City since 2000.
— Contact reporter Terri Harber at tharber @nevadaappeal.com or 882-2111, ext. 215.