Gary Lindstrom: Go with experience: Breakstone for assessor
September 14, 2010
I have known and worked with Beverly Breakstone for many years and am asking that you support her for reelection as Summit County Assessor this November.
I first moved to the mountains in April of 1974 and have been involved in Summit County politics for most of that time. Beverly is one of the finest elected officials I have ever known. She sincerely cares about her responsibilities and cares about the citizens and property owners in Summit County. She is a professional and works very hard to make sure that her office runs very efficiently and smoothly.
Bev worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years. She came from the corporate side of that business with a position in multi-state leadership and also owned and operated her own mortgage firm here in Summit County. Her qualifications are excellent.
I always have to laugh at how little information some people have about some of the elected offices. The less informed believe the elected official has some control over taxes and tax rates. As a former Colorado State Representative and a former county commissioner, I am telling you that the local county assessor only fulfills the mandated functions of the office and does not have any direct influence on your tax rates. Even the assessed valuation of your property is based on standards and laws set by the State of Colorado. The assessor does determine the criteria for the evaluation based on that same state standard but, in the long run, does not have any impact on your final tax bill.
If any candidate for assessor tells you they can reduce your tax bill you might ask him or her to explain to you how they might do that under current state law.
If you owned a company looking for an upper level manager as assessor and you had two candidates, one with four years of experience and another one with no experience, who would you hire? Of course you would hire the person with experience.
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Summit County Assessor Beverly Breakstone has done an exemplary job for the past four years and I am going to vote to keep her in office for another four.