View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
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Board of Equalization

The Washoe County Board of Equalization is comprised of five members appointed by the Washoe County Commission (NRS 361.340). This Board is charged with hearing appeals filed by property owners who do not agree with the value placed on their property for tax purposes by the County Assessor (NAC 361.624). The County Board hearings are held from late-January through February of each year.

Board Members

James Covert
Chair

Mr. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State College at Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Certified Management Accountant certificate. He spent most of his career in the Aerospace and Automotive industries and was on the management team that started Porsche Cars North America here in Reno. He recently retired from the University of Phoenix.

Mr. Covert has served as a board member and Vice Chairman of the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District and member and Chairman of the Washoe County Organizational Effectiveness Committee. He was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2007 and currently serves as its Chairman.

James Ainsworth

James Brown

I graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland, CA. After graduation I signed with the San Francisco Giants and played for three years in their minor league baseball system. Subsequently I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkley.

I had a long career as an elected Union Labor Representative in the Bay Area. My main responsibilities were to represent members in grievance hearings, arbitrations, and contract negotiations.

Upon retiring in 2004 I moved to Reno and was elected as a board member of the Rancho San Rafael Home Owners Association on which I currently serve. I was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2008.

Benjamin Green

Philip Horan

Alternate

Eugenia Lamore