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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