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Smith for Eagle County assessor

Dear Editor: On August 8 we will go to the primary election with two Republican candidates for the Eagle County Assessor. I want you to know why the staff of the Assessor’s office backs Ed Smith, our co-worker, as our next Assessor.Ms. Mack has stated that she dropped the number of appeals by 47 percent. Ms. Mack does not control the number of appeals in the office. When values go up, appeals go up!Look at the waste of taxpayer funds that have taken place under Ms. Mack’s administration.In March Ms. Mack lead us to believe that she had passed the appraisal test and was waiting for her license to arrive. When Scott Miller interviewed Ms. Mack in May she admitted that she has been unable to pass the appraisal test. This is after we, the taxpayers, have paid the bill for 200 hours of education.There has been a 100 percent employee turnover rate under Ms. Mack’s administration. This is huge waste of taxpayer dollars. By state statute the appraisers in the office must receive the education to obtain and maintain their licenses. The administrative staff also must receive the required education to perform their jobs competently. Every time we lose an employee we start from scratch and this cost is paid for out of our tax dollars.Ms. Mack has now hired a personal friend to be her personal assistant! She is the only elected official to require one. This is a misuse of taxpayer money. We are now paying someone to do the job that Ms. Mack was elected to do.It is time that we hold our elected officials to a higher standard. Demand that they are in the office and accessible to the taxpayers. Demand that they know and understand the job we elected them to do. Demand a full day’s work for a full day’s pay, and demand this for the full 4 year term and not just the re-election year.Elect Ed Smith as our next Assessor. He has the integrity needed to meet those demands. Sandy SkilesBurns


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