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Sherry L. Hayes: Assessor office works to improve relationships

Oct. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of columns written by candidates in contested races in the Nov. 6 general election.

Improving relationships between the taxpayer, outside entities and the courthouse office has been a goal for me.

I feel an assessor should know how to answer all questions and explain the why, when and where. I've even had several individuals thank me for helping them and creating a friendly atmosphere.

I am the first assessor in Putnam County to mail out farm reports. Farmers have two jobs: their day job and farming. Summer months are very busy and they don't have time to come into the office.

This report, along with last year's form, is mailed every July 1. The response has been overwhelming.

If a person who is eligible for homestead exemption cannot make it into the office, I will personally go to their house and sign them up. These are a few examples of improving relationships with the taxpayer.

The outside entities and taxpayers now can visit my website, putnamcoassessor.com, and view land book information, location maps and aerial photography.

Since being in office, the working relationship with other courthouse offices has improved. We all work together to help serve the citizens of Putnam County.

During this time of recession, bankruptcy, foreclosures and loss of employment, my job is more difficult.

It's tough to know that someone has lost their job and just making ends meet. I want to keep improving my relationship, and let Putnam County citizens know my door is always open. If a citizen comes into the office, I want him/her to know I care and will listen. Come in and let's talk about any issue. If I'm not in the office, my staff is always willing to help or set up an appointment. Their goal, as well as mine, is to make it easier to visit our doors.

Sherry L. Hayes, a resident of Hurricane, is Republican candidate for Putnam County assessor.

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