Portland tax assessor to retire this month

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PORTLAND — After 37 years at City Hall, Assessor Rick Blackburn will pursue less taxing duties when he retires Aug. 31.

Blackburn was honored Monday with a City Council proclamation.

“He has been a steadfast behind-the-scenes leader in a role that is often thankless. I’m glad we are recognizing him publicly tonight, and happy to report that he will continue to work with the City to assist with the transition of his successor,” City Manager Jon Jennings said in a press release.

Blackburn began his career in 1979 when he was hired as assistant tax assessor. He became the tax assessor in 1987. “It has been a long and good trip. I want to express my gratitude,” he said Monday as he thanked councilors and city staff for supporting him.

Blackburn, who has participated in three citywide property revaluations, also had a warning: “I know we are facing another reval in the near future,” he said, “so everyone get ready.”