Our main meeting on September 14, 2017 from 7pm-9pm is the Tulsa County Assessor talking about property taxes.
Location: It's at the Rec. room (HWY 169 & Admiral) Big Blue Building at St Marks United Methodist Church, 10513 e admiral pl, Tulsa OK 74116
Ken Yazel was elected Tulsa County Assessor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. As Assessor, he is responsible for placing a fair cash (market) value on property as of the tax date. Oklahoma property taxes are “ad valorem”, meaning the taxes are based on the property value. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills. The Assessor has no jurisdiction or responsibility for taxing jurisdiction budgets or establishing the tax rate.
A retired Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Yazel served as a radio operator, parachutist, Vietnamese Interrogator-Translator, Nuclear Artillery Officer, Recruiting Officer, and Financial Management Officer.
In 1982, he was recognized as the Marine Corps Fiscal Director’s Top Budget Officer. While serving our country, Yazel rose through the ranks from Private to Staff Sergeant before being commissioned as a Marine Corps officer, and in his 13 years as an officer he served in command for six years.
In 1983, he passed the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam on his first try and worked with Income, Estate and Gift tax clients along with other business clients. After working as a CPA for several years, he went on to be the founder, owner and CEO of several companies in the Tulsa area.
Two of those successful companies are title and escrow operations serving the commercial and residential markets.
In addition, Yazel has served as a Precinct Officer for the Tulsa County Election Board from 1984-2000, and in 2002 he graduated from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Academy. As a Reserve Deputy,
Yazel earned the Meritorious Service Award in 2005. In 2003, he was recognized with advanced accreditation under the Oklahoma Accreditation Program for assessors.
Educational Highlights (Course of Study):
Oklahoma University 1965-1969
-Bachelor of Science in Math
-Minors in Nuclear Physics with Engineering emphasis, and Philosophy
Naval Post Graduate School 1979
Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia, PA 1976-1979
George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C. 1979-1982
-Business Law and Accounting
University of Tulsa Graduate School 1982-1983
-Accounting, Management, Statistics
Oklahoma State University 2003
The Retired Officer Association / Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
The Marine Corps League
The American and The Oklahoma Society of Public Accountants
International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
National Sheriff’s Association
County Officers & Deputies Association (CODA)
Oklahoma County Assessors Association-appointed to serve on Legislative Committee by peers
Tulsa County Chambers of Commerce
John Wright is now in his seventh year of service with the Tulsa County Assessor’s office. He has achieved and been awarded accredited member status by the International Association of Assessing Officers. He serves as part of Mr. Yazel’s executive staff as Chief Deputy and has additional organizational responsibility for the Title Research and Taxpayer Services
Prior to joining the assessor’s office, Mr. Wright was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives serving House District 76 for twelve years. He was Chairman of the Government Oversight & Administrative Rules Committee for six years as well as serving the majority caucus as Caucus Chairmen for two terms.
Mr. Wright holds an inactive Oklahoma Real Estate broker’s license having been a member of the local Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors for ten years.
He and his wife Debbie have one daughter and have made Broken Arrow their home for the past twenty-two years.