I am running for County Assessor because I understand the hardships we are facing. Over the past few years, my own property taxes have increased by 76% and, for the first time in my life, I'm worried about making my mortgage payment.
Unfortunately, I'm not alone in this property tax crisis. It's affecting everyone from every walk of life - The elderly, our veterans, people on fixed incomes, single parents, even renters, are all struggling to make ends meet. Enough is enough!!! We cannot sit by and be taxed out of our homes.
I believe the citizens of Bannock County deserve better. I understand that cutting taxes and letting people keep more of what they earn, helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy. I also understand our property tax crisis will not fix itself. It's going to require hard work and solutions, not scapegoats and excuses.
If elected, I pledge to do everything in my power as County Assessor to lower property taxes. Now, I've heard people say "The Assessor doesn't control property taxes" and that's true, but the Assessor plays an important role. In reality, there is no single elected official, County Assessor, County Commissioner, or otherwise who can effect the kind of change we need without working together as a team. Together we can all do our part to bring property tax relief to the citizens of Bannock County.
I believe the pathway forward starts with transparency, open lines of communication, educating the people, and holding our government accountable.
It's time we stop asking who needs to pay more taxes and start focusing on where all our money is going.