Saline County Tax Assessor Cheryl Pearce responded Wednesday to a charge by Rod Wallace in a Tuesday story in the Daily Register that she had lied to him. Wallace, owner of Wallace Auto Parts and Services, Raleigh said In the Tuesday story that he had not been told that the tax assessor needed more information in order to provide him with an estimate of real estate taxes on his business if he rebuilt the same buildings that were destroyed in a recent fire.
Pearce said Wednesday, "I am not a liar. I definitely told him I needed some information and I have witnesses who heard me. One person was standing right next to me when I told him. Also a couple of employees who were seated at their desks heard me when I told him."
Wallace said he received an estimate of what his taxes would be if he rebuilt. The estimate was faxed to him at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. He said he received the estimate with no further communication with the tax assessor's office.
Wallace is not happy with the fact that the information is an estimate.
"I can't make sound business decisions based on estimates," he said.
"In the estimate she left herself all kinds of room to do what she wants. Based on the estimate letter, you can't pin down an exact figure. The estimated value would be an 18 percent increase over the current tax I am paying."
Wallace intends to address the Saline County Board on the issue during the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting.