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Schenter Termination Notice

Schenter Termination Notice

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Scott Schenter's letter of "intent to discharge," which details some of the allegations against the former appraiser.
Scott Schenter's letter of "intent to discharge," which details some of the allegations against the former appraiser.

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JOHNRNOGUEZ
ASSESSOR
500WESTTEMPLESTREETLOSANGELES,CALIFORNIA90012-2770
assessor
lacounty.gov
1888.807.2111
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January28,2011Scott
Schemer
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DearMr.Schenter:
LETTEROFINTENTTODISCHARGE
This
letter
istoinform
youof
theDepartment'sintent
to
dischargeyou
fromyour
position
or
AppraiserSpecialist
1withthis
Office
and
fromCounty
service.
BASES
This
proposedactionisbasedonthefollowing:
Failureto
followAssessor'sGuidelines
and
Procedures
by
submitting
and
processing
unauthorized
value
changes.Violation
or
Assessor'sRealPropertyHandbookNo.5207-2-4,
PublicSnvicc
Guidelinesatthe
Regional
Level,
10(D)-
Request
forPropertyReview,whichstates:Usethemodified
Rea!PropertyMemo
RP-70.12fortaxpayer
reviews
in
situationsrequiringinvestigationandresearch.
(a)Getthetaxpayer'sname,Assessor'sIdentificationNumber,situs
and
mailing
address,anddaytime
telephonenumber.
(b)Brieflydescribe
and
explainthetaxpayer'sproblem
011
themod
i
ficd
form.
(c)In
situationsconcerningvalue
arid
or
costs,getacopy
or
ihc
taxpayer'sverificationdocumentsandattachthemtoFormRP-70.12.(d)
Give
the"Property
Review"
formto
the
Supervising
Clerkwho:
(i)
Makesa"readytowork"
Ilk
ofthosereview
forms
withthesupportingdocument
auachcd
and
files
themina
folder
orbinder.
(ii)
Makesaseparate
filing
or
those
review
Corms~lwaitil1gsupporting
documents
fromtaxpayers.
(c)The
SupervisingClerkgivesthe"readytowork"
Iile
to
the
Principal
Appraiserforvolumecountandreview.
'ToEnrichLivesThroughEffectiveAndCaringService"
 
ScottSchemerIntenttoDischargePage2of6
(I)
ThePrincipalAppraiserinturnassignsthepropertyreviewstotheSupervisingAppraiserswho
then
assignappraisers
(0
process
the
workperschedule.Theappraisershoulduscthe
RP-70.12
review
Iorm
to
110le
signi11c:l!1!
data
whileengaginginpublicservicephone
calls,
during
taxpayer
service
at
thecounterorwhilereviewingpropertyinthe
field.
11.2(8),
whichstates:Describe,in
sufficient
detail,thebasisfortheauthorizationin
the
"remarks"section.AsofJune30,1981,thephrase"Proposition13AuthorizedChange"
was
nolonger
permittedasthe
authorityfor
makinga
prioryear'schange.Atthebottomoftheformenteryoursignatureanddate.Obtainapproval,signatures,anddatesfromtheSupervisingandPrincipalAppraiser.ViolationofAssessor'sPolicyandOperatingPracticeManualNo.
I
02-1-~,
whichstates:Assessmentrolldecreasesof
$5,000,000
ormorebutless
then$]5,000,000
requiretheapprovalandsignature
0("
appropriate
DistrictChier.Conductunbecomingandincompatiblewithyourpositionasan/vppruiscrSpecialistI,andasaCountyemployee.CivilServiceRule18.03],entitledDiscipline,whichstates:Failureofanemployeetoperformhisorherassigneddutiessoastomeetfullyexplicitlystatedorimpliedstandardsofperformancemayconstituteadequategroundsfordischarge,reductionorsuspension.Wllcrcappropriate,suchgroundsmayinclude,butarenotlimitedto,qualitativeasweI!asquantitativeelementsofperformance,suchas
failure
toexercisesoundjudgment,failure
to
reportinformationaccuratelyandcompletely,failuretodealeffectivelywiththepublic,andfailuretomakeproductiveuseofhuman,financialandotherassignedresources.Groundsfordischarge,reductionorsuspensionmayalsoincludeanybehaviororpatternofbehaviorwhichnegativelyaffectsanemployee'sproductivity,orwhichisunbecomingacountyemployee;oranybehaviororconditionwhichimpairsanemployee'squalificationsCorhisorherpositionorlorcontinuedcountyemployment.(Ord.
88-0020
§
1(part),
1988.)
FACTS
Thespecificsarcusfollows:
.::-'.I.."......-:
OnJanuary4,
20
II,yoursupervisor,becameawareofavaluechangetoAssessorswhilereviewingAssessmentAppealscases.......
nnJIt
searchedtheparcel
 
ScottSchemerIntenttoDischarue
to
Page3
01'6
jacket,theDccli.ne-in-
Value
system,andthe
Appraiser
PublicServicesystembutcould
not
lind
anydocumentationtosupportthevaluechange.Inordertodeterminewhomadethechange,..._checkedthebat.chedd?cumentsandfoundseveralTransferValueMulti-entryforms(MTV)thatyouhadsubmittedwithoutsupervisionapprovalandwithoutdocumentationintheparcelJackets_oronany
?~.,
heAssessorappraisaldatabases/programs.expanded""searchand.foundadditionalMTVssubmittedbyyouwithoutsupervisorapprovalor
documentation
tosupport
the
valuechange.
Thefollowing
is
a
samplingoftheunauthorizedvaluechangesthatyoueitherprocessedtothePropertyDatabasesystem
(PDB)
orattemptedtoprocesstothePDB:
I)
hadbeengranteda2010Prop.
8
assessmentof$3,(/)0.000.
The
parcelwasscheduledforanassessmentappealhearingandassigned
to
anappraiserinRegion7whoappraised
it
at$4,000,000andrecommendednofurtherreduction.However,withoutanyapproval,documentationorsupportingevidenceyouchangedthe20
I
0Prop.
8
valueto$2,800,000.2)wassoldon4/]
3120
1
°
andhadareportedpurchasepriceof$2,150,000.
This
propertywaslistedatthetimeofsaleandthereponedpurchasepricewasenrolledastheassessmentforthebasevalue.However,withoutanyapproval,documentationorsupportingevidenceyouchangedthebasevalueto$1,500,000.
.-_-::::-:-::-"I.,
3)"'wassoldon
8/4/2009'
andhadareportedpurchasepriceor$3,110,000,5monthspriortothe2010liendate.The$3,110,000wasenrolledasthebasevalue.Subsequently,theownerappliedtotheAssessor's
office
fora2010Prop.8reviewfordeclineinvalue.Youwereassignedthereviewandthereviewwascompletedbyyouon
913/2010.
Theapplicantdidnotsubmitcornparablesorevidencesoyoudeniedtheapplicant/taxpayeranyreductionandthatwasapprovedby'"supervisor.However,subsequenttothatwithoutanyapproval,documentationorsupportingevidenceyouchangedthe20I0rollvaluetoaProp.8valueof'$2,100,000.
..-_._.-:'.-.-.....-..II.
'-r'
I.
)hada2010rollvalueor$15,833,543whichcamefroma
9119/2003
transferwithareportedsalesprice
or
$14,375,000.There:wasnoProp.8ontheparcelandnoapplicationsubmittedtotheAssessor'sofficeforreview.However.withoutanyapproval,documentationorsupportingevidenceyouattemptedtoenrolla2010Prop.8valueof$10,000,000.Thisattemptedvaluechangeinexcessof5,000,000wouldhaverequiredChieflevelapproval.However,thisattemptedvaluechange
W<1~
neverprocessedasitwasremovedbeforeitwasprocessed.
5)4,_
hada2010rollvalueof$9,]69,432.Thepropertywasreviewedfora2010declineinvaluebytheAssessorintheirproactivereview.Theappraiserwhodidthereviewdeterminedthatthemarketvaluewasinexcess
or
theassessmentanddeniedanyreduction.TherewasnofurtherapplicationfordeclineinvaluesubmittedtotheAssessor'soffice.However,subsequenttothatwithoutanyapproval,documentationorsupportingevidenceyouchangedthe2010rollvaluetoaProp.8value01'$6,000,000.6)-.hada2009rollvalueof$3,486,547which
carne
froma
5/1612003
transferwithareportedsalespriceof$3,100,000.TherewasnoProp.8on
-."'_....II

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