Assessor/Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
City of residence
Assessor Ken Musso, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
I have been working in the real estate appraisal field since 1999. I worked as a fee appraiser before hiring on with the Adams County Assessor's Office in 2004. I worked my way up and served as the Commercial/Industrial Appraisal Supervisor before leaving Adams County in May of 2017 to run for Assessor.
I was elected to the Assessor position in 2018 and humbly ask for your support in the 2022 election.
Explain the role of the County Assessor and why it matters to residents of Adams County?
The County Assessor is responsible for the management and operation of The Assessor’s Office. The major duties of an assessor can be categorized as discovering, listing, classifying, and valuing all real and personal property located within the county on the assessment date.
Property is valued by following criteria as stipulated by statute and by using manuals, appraisal procedures, and instructions issued by the Property Tax Administrator. This function includes notifying the taxpayer of the value and the administrative remedies if the taxpayer disagrees with the valuation.
The goal is to produce the tax warrant with fair and equalized property values.
What makes you the best candidate for this job?
The Assessor has a very complex technical job. Qualifications and competency are very important to the success of an Assessor and should be considered when reviewing a candidate.
I believe my professional qualifications, 20+ years of experience and a desire to serve the public make me the best candidate for this job.
If you’re elected, what single issue will be at the top of your agenda?
Fair and equitable valuations.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
My main goal is to produce fair valuations and offer good customer service with complete transparency for the people of Adams County.
What would you change regarding how the County Assessor's office works?
I am always looking to make our services more accessible. Over the pandemic, we were able to make more of our process and information available online for anyone wanting to operate remotely. In this next term, I would like to open remote offices to help reduce travel distances for some of the users of our in-person services.