Colleen Younger wins Jefferson County tax assessor's race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson County is getting a new property assessor for the first time in 12 years.

Democrat Colleen Younger cruised to an easy victory over Republican John May for the county’s property valuation administrator.

Younger beat May by a 61-to-39 margin. 

Younger, a real estate agent and the current chief of staff in the PVA office, will succeed her boss, Tony Lindauer. Younger has worked at the PVA office since 2011.

The PVA sets the official value of real estate and personal property in Jefferson County for tax purposes, playing a big role in the property tax bills that homeowners and businesses get every November.

May, who was briefly Jefferson County PVA by gubernatorial appointment in the mid-2000s, is a longtime certified real estate appraiser.

In 2017 May completed an appraisal on Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s home in Anchorage, which Bevin has used in his ongoing fight with Lindauer’s office over the tax value of the home.

Younger sought to tie May to Bevin, who is unpopular in Jefferson County.

“John May did a low-ball appraisal on Governor Bevin’s Anchorage mansion so Bevin could avoid paying his fair share of taxes,” Younger wrote in a Facebook post last month.

In October, a longtime employee of the PVA's office charged in a formal complaint that Younger had misused the office's subscription to a private data service to lookup information about May. 

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