When Bill Postmus won his seat as county assessor, most of us thought the new position would take him out of the limelight. But with foreclosures going through the roof, he again is square in the center of the action.

As the market value of homes takes a dive, many homeowners will get their properties reassessed. Who wants to pay property taxes on $350,000 when the current value of their home may actually be $250,000, or less?

While much of property appraising is objective, almost scientific, there is a good bit of subjectivity involved. One appraiser might say your home is worth $290,000 while another figures it to be lower, like $275,000. The difference either puts money in your wallet, or takes some out. And it's the assessor's office that determines property values.

As a result, Postmus may be in a bit of a pickle. Lower valuation means less property taxes are coming into county coffers. Less county income means less is given back to cities. It wouldn't be a surprise to see projects funded by county property tax funds to be put on hold or at least downsized a bit. If Postmus' office gives your home a low assessment you're likely to be very glad right now. But when you drive down your perpetually bumpy road to the grocery store you may have different thoughts.

What comes up must come down, so economic forecasters knew the bubble some day would burst for the Inland Empire. Therefore, it goes to figure that Postmus probably had an idea that his office would be dealing with declining property valuation issues.

If Postmus is able to handle fluxuating property valuations in a way that is pleasing to both homeowners and the leaders of High Desert cities, then he will likely be a knight in shining armor. That success could propel him to higher office, perhaps on a state or national level. If not, perhaps he will begin to eye another creative opportunity and ride his white steed elsewhere.

Who knows? It's all a numbers game, anyway, especially for a county assessor.