D.C.'s Chief Tax Appraiser Steps Down | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C.'s Chief Tax Appraiser Steps Down

Play associated audio
The D.C. Council is asking for answers about irregularities in the Tax Office that cost the city millions.
Larry Miller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/1246397248/
The D.C. Council is asking for answers about irregularities in the Tax Office that cost the city millions.

D.C.'s chief tax appraiser Tony George is stepping down. The tax office has been under fire because of a series of settlements that lowered the proposed assessments of hundreds of commercial properties and potentially costing D.C. nearly $50 million in revenue, prompting George's resignation, according to The Washington Post.

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the ongoing issues involving the tax office which is under control of the Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi. Gandhi denied that there were any improper assessments  and pushed back against claims that his office has not conducted proper oversight.

In 2007, Harriet Walters, a manager in the tax office was caught stealing nearly $50 million through fake property tax refunds. The incident prompted major reforms for the tax office.

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer could not be reached for comment.

NPR

Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
NPR

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows return to fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.
WAMU 88.5

Hello, Goodbye: Pair Of Virginia Delegates Depart After Short Careers In Richmond

Some members of the Virginia's General Assembly are throwing in the towel, deciding against seeking reelection. — and some of them haven't been around for very long.
NPR

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.