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It's time to cast your ballot

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mike Innis

Q: What makes you the best choice for Fulton County Assessor?

A: I feel that I would be the best choice because I have the education and experience as a real estate appraiser and a real estate agent. It has been a pleasure to serve the community for the past 15 years as a member of the Salem School Board.

Q: What are the challenges before you as assessor?

A: The assessor's office has just finished their five year reassessment of the county. This will probably result in an significant increase in most people's property taxes. If this increase is over 15 percent countywide, we would be required to reassess in a three year cycle. This means that the next assessor will not only have to explain the increases to the property owners, he will also have to schedule the next reassessment, right after taking office. I feel with my experience and the knowledge of the ladies working in the office, we will be the best to handle any problems that arise and assure that everyone that comes into the office or calls is the most important person to us, whether they have one acre or a thousand acres.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of assessor?

A: I have three years experience as a licensed appraiser. To get your appraisal license you have to attend 200 hours of classroom education and apprentice under someone for 1,600 hours, which works out to about 200 appraisals, before you can test for your license. I also have been a licensed real estate agent for 15 years. My experience on the Salem School Board for the past 15 years has taught me that hardest part of holding any elected office is dealing with the state and their rules. In the 15 years on the school board, I have learned to be fiscally responsible with the patron's money. We have only had to ask for two millage increases, one to build the elementary school and the other to meet a state mandate. Since the last increase we have been able to refinance our bonds at a savings of $100,000.

Brad Schaufler

Q: What makes you the best choice for Fulton County Assessor?

A: I have 13 years experience working for Fulton County. I have served the citizens of Fulton County in two different areas. I have worked for the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and with the Fulton County District Court. This has given me a working knowledge of county government from different perspectives, and I have developed a good working relationship with the other county offices. As a lifelong citizen of Fulton County, I have quite a bit of insight into what the citizens expect from an elected official and the office of an elected official. I have a proven record for being a hard working, honest, dependable and accountable employee. Any concerns or questions that any of you may have will be welcome in my office.

Q: What are the challenges before you as assessor?

A: First of all, I am excited about the challenges before me as assessor. I've been reading about what is going on in the assessor's office on the state level and county level. I'm looking forward to overseeing the office and taking an active roll every day in helping to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of assessor?

A: I am a 1977 graduate of Viola High School. After high school, I built new houses for several years. In 1993, I went to work for the Fulton County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff. During my time there, I was promoted to Chief Deputy and assisted in running the office on a day to day basis. I served Fulton County for over 11 years with the Sheriff's Department. I spent a year in Kosovo as a field training officer. When I came back home, I began working with the Fulton County District Court. Since I have been working with the District Court, I have acquired a working knowledge of the ins and outs of running a county office. My time in the Fulton County Sheriff's Office taught me a lot about assuming a leadership role and about tackling the various problems that occur out in the community. My time in Kosovo taught me how much I missed living in Fulton County with all my family and friends.

Terry Walker

Q: What makes you the best choice for Fulton County Assessor?

A: I don't think I am better than anyone. I want to be the people's choice. I believe I and the present staff can continue to protect and serve the people of Fulton County by providing fair, accurate, courteous and professional service. My office will have an open door policy. I hope people will stop by and ask questions, share their opinions and be able to leave knowing we care and want to help. I want to keep the people informed of changes made in our state government that will affect their taxes.

Q: What are the challenges before you as assessor?

A: Challenges are there to increase your knowledge, skills and abilities. I look forward to learning the inner workings of the office. The staff has many years of experience and together we will try to improve our service to the people. As changes are mandated by the government, we will help the people of Fulton County to understand and adjust to them. Remember, your vote put our state government in and your vote can take them out. The assessor's office is controlled by their decisions and actions made into laws and regulations.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of assessor?

A: Like many of you, I have spent most all my life serving and working for the people in one way or another. I am presently employed with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. I have received approximately 900 hours of professional training in diverse areas of public safety, communications, report writing, record keeping, criminal investigations, drug enforcement and numerous other certifications. I have commitment to the people of Fulton County. They have trusted, supported and helped me to be where I am today. Without communications, commitment and trust, where would we be? I believe that I can be an assessor the people of Fulton County can be proud of.



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