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El Paso County assessor faces new accusation

El Paso County Assessor faces new accusation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman will become county treasurer next January. Bob Balink, the man whom Lowderman will succeed, worries about an appearance of impropriety on Lowderman's part.

A blog post at "Coloradopols.com" surfaced alleging Lowderman may have lowered the property value of David Jenkins, one of the largest land owners in the county who backed Lowderman's campaign with thousands of dollars in donations.

After seeing the post, Bob Balink sees a potential lack of transparency developing.

"When anyone brings attention to their office with formal or informal charges or accusations which are aplenty right now in the county government, we all need to raise our level of awareness of the responsibility we have to the taxpayers and do everything we can to avoid such conflicts," Balink said.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 contacted Lowderman for comment on this story but the he declined.      

Only two weeks ago a judge slapped Lowderman with a $14,000 fine stemming from a campaign finance violation in his primary race last spring.

El Paso County voter Karen Mccormick filed the campaign finance complaint. She worries her elected leader lacks transparency.

"I really hope he would step down because there's a lack of trust in our government and this doesn't build confidence at all," she said.

Lowderman is appealing the campaign violation fine. 

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