In December, commissioners approved an advisory opinion sharply restricting the ability of commercial supervisors in assessor's offices to own, sell or lease commercial property in the county in which they work.
The ruling concluded such employees may not own, lease or sell commercial properties in their counties, may not participate in public auctions of commercial properties, and may lease residential properties in the county only if they have taken no regulatory action on the properties.
"It is entirely prospective. It doesn't affect the complaint," Rose said of the advisory opinion.
Rose said he disagrees with the commission's conclusion that assessor's office employees have broad discretion in setting property valuations.
"They take the position that an assessor is a regulatory body," Rose said. "I just don't think that's a sound construction."
Because the Ethics Commission failed to file required public notice of its December meeting, commissioners will have to reconsider and re-vote on the advisory opinion, as well as all other actions taken, at the next commission meeting, scheduled for February.
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