Maricopa County Assessor Corrects Record, 70 Year-Old Veteran Senior Valuation Restored

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The now scandal plague Maricopa County Assessor’s Office has denied rightful benefits to a 70 year-old veteran. [Photo courtesy Maricopa County Assessor’s Office]

Re: “Maricopa County Assessor Denies 70 Year-Old Veteran Senior Valuation Benefit”

Dear Editor,

I wanted to provide a follow up to the letter to the editor that was published in the Arizona Daily Independent on 10/9/19 entitled, “Maricopa County Assessor Denies 70 Year-Old Veteran Senior Valuation Benefit.”

Shortly after the letter was published I had received numerous comments commiserating with the plight expressed and some comments outright condemning the Assessor’s office for their actions. Then a fellow veteran who is an attorney with a global tax services consulting firm offered assistance. Jeff Nolan with the Scottsdale office of Ryan, offered to assist me with the dilemma. He immediately began research and started providing suggestions on how to proceed.

Just prior to enacting some of the suggestions provided by Mr. Nolan, I received a call from Robert Pizorno, head of the Senior Valuation Department for the Maricopa County Assessor’s office. He indicated he was aware of the issue and had researched both my submissions and previous responses I had received from some of the Assessor’s office staff. He apologized for the previous comments and indicated that the Senior Valuation would be reinstated. He also said he would contact the Treasurer’s office to have my billing changed.

On Friday I checked my tax bill on the Treasurer’s online site and Mr. Pizorno is apparently a man of his word. My tax bill was reduced to reflect the Senior Valuation and I have sent in a check for the amount stated.

Because of the ADI publication, the matter has been resolved and I have had the fortune of meeting (via email/phone) two honorable men, Jeff Nolan and Robert Pizorno.

Duane Loftus
Maricopa County

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2 Comments

  1. Congratulations Duane! Thank you for the kind words. I would like to clarify that I am not an attorney, but I am a Ryan Principal and have been an Arizona Property Tax Consultant for over 30 years. I am a former Veteran helping out another Veteran with a Senior Valuation Property Tax Issue Pro-Bono. Robert Pizorno and his team at the assessors office did all the heavy lifting to take another look at your application and the fact pattern to determine that the error would be corrected, which was a good decision. Some of the comments I have seen paint all assessor representatives with the same brush, which is not accurate – I have found the Rank and file at the assessors office from the Chief Deputy on down to the admin support to be very professional and when presented with additional information, they are willing to admit when there is an error and then take corrective action. It was a pleasure working with you on this assessment problem!

  2. Congratulations Duane! I wonder just what in the world it takes for people to do their job efficiently and correctly. Too bad you had to be put through this but at least it turned out as it should have.

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