D.C.'s top tax appraiser resigns

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D.C.'s top tax appraiser has resigned amid accusations that he had lied about a previous job, sources have confirmed to The Washington Examiner.

Tony George, who joined the District's Tax and Revenue office less than a year ago, was also embroiled in a controversy over the number of commercial properties that have been reassessed at a lower value.

George's resignation Monday was first reported by the Washington Post.

George had been accused of misstating the reason he left a prior job in Fulton County, Ga. His boss, Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, was expected to make a decision in George's job status on Monday.

George's tax office was at the center of a series of Post reports that saidhundreds of commercial properties were reassessed, cutting the city's tax base by $2.6 billion.

It's the second high-level resignation at Gandhi's agency this month.The agency's internal affairs chief, William DiVello, left after he said Gandhi was quarantining some of his audits, including one that highlighted problems in the tax office.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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