By: John A. Wright | Category: Financial Services | Issue: February 2019
John A. Wright, Tulsa County Assessor.
Many people are probably unaware of the effort the Tulsa County Assessor puts forth in order to meet with citizen groups and help them understand how the property tax system in Oklahoma functions. If you own real estate or a business, you can expect to get a tax bill. Most of us would rather not have to pay taxes, but often when people have an opportunity to hear about how the system functions and get answers to their questions, it helps dissipate some of their frustration.
Citizens are surprised to discover how structured the functions of the assessor’s office are. There are constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and professional guidelines that must be followed. And it must be done at the same time of the year each year. The process is statistical in nature because we perform “mass appraisal”, which means we analyze a number of market and other factors and mathematically determine a property’s value. We strive to do a good job of this, and our performance is subjected to a rigorous audit by the Oklahoma Tax Commission every year. That performance is then reported to the State Board of Equalization. Since the audit went into effect in 2012, the Tulsa County Assessor has been at or near the top in the state each year, including three perfect scores.
At every meeting with citizens, we take the opportunity to ensure the homeowners are getting the exemptions to which they are entitled. If you own and live in your home on January 1, you can apply for a Homestead Exemption. On average, this will save taxpayers around $132 a year. You need only apply, and it can be done online. If your gross household income from all sources is less than $67,100 and you are 65 years of age or older, you may qualify for the Property Valuation Limitation (Senior Freeze). This freezes the taxable fair cash value of your home, meaning the taxable fair cash value can’t be raised. In addition, veterans who are 100%, permanently disabled can apply for a 100% exemption from property taxes. To learn more about these and other exemptions, you are invited to visit our website at www.assessor.tulsacounty.org. Or you can call our office at (918) 596-5100. Our employees are genuinely interested in answering your questions and helping ensure that you are receiving the exemptions for which you qualify.
John A. Wright has been on the senior staff at the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office for over eight years. He was elected Tulsa County Assessor and took office on December 1, 2018. He has received Advanced Appraiser Accreditation from Oklahoma State University, he is an IAAO Accredited Member, and he has an AAS professional designation through the International Association of Assessing Officers.
While the fundamentals of property appraisal are unchanged the job has become more technical, statistical, analytical, and complex over recent years. John A. Wright has the training and experience to meet these new challenges. His background includes: • Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) - Conferred by the International Association of Assessing Officers, September 2018 • County Assessor Certification, OSU County Training Program - Completed Requirements for Certification, October 2016 • Accredited Member Status (IAM) - International Association of Assessing Officers, Achieved 2015 • Advanced Assessor Accreditation - Oklahoma Tax Commission, Awarded June 2011 • Initial Assessor Accreditation - Oklahoma Tax Commission, Achieved and Awarded February 2011 • Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives - House District 76, 1998-2010 • Chairman, Administrative Rules Committee - Oklahoma House of Representatives, 2005-2010 • Elected by the House Majority Caucus to Serve as Caucus Chairman, 2006-2010 • Oklahoma Licensed Real Estate Broker 062681 - Currently Inactive Status • Associated with The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, 1998-2010 • BS, Marketing - Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL "I am grateful for the opportunity and responsibility to serve the citizens of Tulsa County as your Tulsa County Assessor."
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