UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Saturday 22 June 2024
 13.1°C   WSW Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Council / Valuation joint board to welcome new assessor for the second time since beginning of last year

From left to right: Board convener Stephen Leask, new chief assessor Robert Eunson, depute convener Dr Stephen Clackson.

THE ORKNEY and Shetland Valuation Joint Board (VJB) is preparing to welcome a new tax assessor and electoral registration officer – the third person to hold the role since the beginning of 2022.

Robert Eunson, who has been depute assessor, is preparing to replace Darryl Rae in the role.

The board, which is made up of councillors from both isles local authorities but remains a separate body, met in Orkney on Thursday.

It looks after the valuation roll and the council tax valuation lists for the two council areas. It is also responsible for the maintenance of the register of electors.

But the VJB’s tax assessor role has been a point of contention in recent years.

Actions taken by the board’s previous leadership team, intending to ensure the board continued to have an assessor, were deemed ‘unlawful’ by auditors.

The assessor at that time, Dennis Stevenson, had been planning to retire and the board had faced significant challenges in finding someone else to take up the role.

As such, Stevenson’s pay rose without proper scrutiny given to the decision.

Rae took up the role around this time last year. 

Yesterday tributes were paid to the outgoing assessor, by the VJB convener Shetland councillor Stephen Leask.

He said: “With the imminent departure of Mr Rae, I would like to thank you for all the help.

“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the board members and your colleagues when I say you were a breath of fresh air for us here.

“We really appreciate all the hard work you did for us, especially at this particular time. It really was hard work.”

Addressing Eunson, Leask added: “I would like to say, with great pleasure, that we have Mr Robert Eunson as the new chief assessor.

“We look forward to working with you in the future. We really are very pleased to have you on board.”

An Orkney council spokeswoman said Rae is leaving to be closer to his home area in Scotland’s Central Belt.

By Orkney local democracy reporter Andrew Stewart

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.