Chief Assessor Joshua Wilson told county commissioners that the cuts would eliminate funding for the printing of the annual property tax assessment list, temporary services, a copy expense account and reduce overtime compensation.
Wilson noted several impacts to the public, including longer wait times at public service counters, reduced physical inspections of property and delayed responses to requested public records.
Effects on employees would entail increased workloads and possible consequences for morale.
“Stress is prevalent, there’s no question about it,” Wilson said.
Attention to detail suffers as a result, he added, and complications with revenue collection might occur because of possible delays in property tax monthly billings.
Furthermore, backlogs in transferring ownership records of personal property present great challenges to staff.
But the most severe effect could come once a state budget is passed.
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget would shift about $1.1 million in costs for the Senior Rebate Program to the county level.
There also are several pieces of legislation that could change how property taxes are administered as well as adjustments to tax rates levied.
Commissioner Kitty Jung lamented the cuts to the assessor’s office and other departments, describing them as a catch-22.
“When people have lost their most valuable resource, they need government the most,” she said.