Upshur County chief appraiser resigning amid conflict with some commercial property owners

GILMER — The woman who has led the office that sets property values for taxation in Upshur County is resigning, citing conflict with some commercial property owners.

Sarah Curtis told her board of trustees Monday she will finish the calendar year and leave after Dec. 31.

“Unless I have an offer I can’t refuse, I’ll be here,” she said Thursday in her office.

Curtis has been Upshur County’s chief appraiser for 13 years.

County appraisal districts assign property values on which cities, schools and other entities base annual tax rates. There are many property categories, including residential, real property and commercial.

Commercial property values, led by businesses along busy U.S. 271 through Gilmer, rose this year to $84.7 million. That’s up from almost $79.2 million in the 2017 tax year.

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