Tax assessors hang up ‘Gone Fishing’ sign

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL

With Arnie’s Bakery Café in the background, Glenn Blackwood of Rockford’s Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. gives fly-fishing pointers to a rapt audience composed of members of the Kent County Assessors Association.

Last Friday afternoon found the Kent County Assessors Association (KCAA) in Rockford holding their annual summer picnic. They hung up their taxman hats to enjoy an afternoon of food catered by Dam Dogs and Arnie’s Bakery Café (desserts) along with an expert fly-fishing demonstration.

 

Jeannie Kolenda, an appraiser in the Tax Equalization Department in Kent County, said, “We assessors regularly meet to provide one another with useful information related to assessment practices and to promote justice and equity in the distribution of the tax burden.”

The picnic itself was held in the cozy confines of the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, after which the members moved to the banks of the beautiful Rogue River to receive, first hand, a basic tutorial in fly-fishing techniques from fisherman and outdoorsman extraordinaire, Rockford’s Glenn Blackwood.

The 30+ members of the KCAA, representing various communities throughout Kent County, put current tax matters on the back burner while thoroughly enjoying themselves and Rockford.

 

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