Lane County Tax Assessor Steps Down

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EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s tax assessor announced Wednesday that she is ready to move on to something different.

After more than five years as tax assessor, Anette Spickard is stepping down in the middle of her term and looking forward to a brand new start in Springfield.

Voters first elected Spickard as tax assessor in 2006, but she’s worked for the county for about 18 years in all. Under her leadership, the department received at least two awards.

With all the budget issues the county has faced, some wondered if the difficulties wore Spickard down. But she insists stress wasn’t a factor in her decision.

“I think all of our local governments are facing challenges and this will be a different type of challenge, but I don’t think it’ll be any less stressful. It’ll just be a little bit different,” Spickard said.

Spickard will join the city of Springfield’s team as its new deputy director for development services and public works. Commissioners say they support her move and her replacement will have some big shoes to fill.

Spickard’s last day will be April 5.

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