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Election Guide: Unopposed candidates describe goals

Diane Mitsch Bush
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Steamboat Springs — — Editor’s note: Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon, running unopposed for Routt County surveyor, did not return a survey sent by the Steamboat Pilot & Today to the e-mail address listed on the Colorado secretary of state website.Editor’s note: Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon, running unopposed for Routt County surveyor, did not return a survey sent by the Steamboat Pilot & Today to the e-mail address listed on the Colorado secretary of state website.

Editor’s note: Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon, running unopposed for Routt County surveyor, did not return a survey sent by the Steamboat Pilot & Today to the e-mail address listed on the Colorado secretary of state website.

Several candidates for Routt County office are running unopposed. Here are their responses to a survey sent by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Diane E. Mitsch Bush

Position:Position: Routt County commissioner, District 3 Routt County commissioner, District 3

Position: Routt County commissioner, District 3



Years in office:Years in office: 3 years and 9 months (since January 2007) 3 years and 9 months (since January 2007)

Years in office: 3 years and 9 months (since January 2007)

Years in Routt County:Years in Routt County: 34 34

Years in Routt County: 34



Q.Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

A.A. I obtained Colorado Department of Transportation and federal funding for several multimodal transportation projects in Routt County and regionally either by writing grants and/or by building partnerships with local, regional and federal officials: I obtained Colorado Department of Transportation and federal funding for several multimodal transportation projects in Routt County and regionally either by writing grants and/or by building partnerships with local, regional and federal officials:

A. I obtained Colorado Department of Transportation and federal funding for several multimodal transportation projects in Routt County and regionally either by writing grants and/or by building partnerships with local, regional and federal officials:

  1. South Routt Commuter Vanpool Pilot Project

  2. Steamboat Springs Safe Routes to School Program

  3. Next phase of Colorado Highway 131 improvements and shoulders

  4. Next phases of Colorado High­way 13 improvements and shoulders

Q.Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

A.A.

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  1. Reduced revenues and increased demands/needs for services along with a deteriorating infrastructure that will need significant repairs and improvements to continue to function

  2. Continued need for innovative approaches and partnerships to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability

3. Future uncertainty of energy costs and availability

Q.Q. What are your goals going into another term?What are your goals going into another term?

Q. What are your goals going into another term?

A.A. I will continue to: I will continue to:

A. I will continue to:

  1. Be fiscally prudent and responsible, transparent and accountable to all the people of Routt County

  2. Work with my fellow Routt County commissioners and county staff to improve the energy efficiency of taxpayer-funded buildings, fleet and operations

  3. Partner with businesses, economic development organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions and other jurisdictions to foster economic opportunities for all, and preserve our heritage, our environment and our quality of life

Q.Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community? Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

A.A. Working with you and for you has been the greatest privilege of my life. I will keep working for you to be: fiscally responsible, accountable, fair, objective, efficient, proactive and persistent. I will keep listening to you — to all points of view. I will keep asking the hard questions. I will continue to always consider the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social sustainability — in all my decisions. For every decision I make, I will continue to carefully weigh the costs and benefits to you, the people of Routt County. I am proud to serve you. I will keep working for you every day. I would be honored to have your vote. Working with you and for you has been the greatest privilege of my life. I will keep working for you to be: fiscally responsible, accountable, fair, objective, efficient, proactive and persistent. I will keep listening to you — to all points of view. I will keep asking the hard questions. I will continue to always consider the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social sustainability — in all my decisions. For every decision I make, I will continue to carefully weigh the costs and benefits to you, the people of Routt County. I am proud to serve you. I will keep working for you every day. I would be honored to have your vote.

A. Working with you and for you has been the greatest privilege of my life. I will keep working for you to be: fiscally responsible, accountable, fair, objective, efficient, proactive and persistent. I will keep listening to you — to all points of view. I will keep asking the hard questions. I will continue to always consider the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social sustainability — in all my decisions. For every decision I make, I will continue to carefully weigh the costs and benefits to you, the people of Routt County. I am proud to serve you. I will keep working for you every day. I would be honored to have your vote.

Kay Weinland

Position:Position: Routt County clerk and recorder Routt County clerk and recorder

Position: Routt County clerk and recorder

Years in office:Years in office: 16 16

Years in office: 16

Years in Routt County:Years in Routt County: 28 28

Years in Routt County: 28

Q.Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

A.A. I consider the advancement of eGovernment services for Routt County citizens the biggest accomplishment. These online services include access to land records, motor vehicle renewals, voter registration and our county website. We were one of the first counties in the state to have our land records and election night results online. I consider the advancement of eGovernment services for Routt County citizens the biggest accomplishment. These online services include access to land records, motor vehicle renewals, voter registration and our county website. We were one of the first counties in the state to have our land records and election night results online.

A. I consider the advancement of eGovernment services for Routt County citizens the biggest accomplishment. These online services include access to land records, motor vehicle renewals, voter registration and our county website. We were one of the first counties in the state to have our land records and election night results online.

Q.Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

A.A. Continuing to enhance and upgrade eGovernment services with limited resources; election reform; upgrading the motor vehicle state computer system Continuing to enhance and upgrade eGovernment services with limited resources; election reform; upgrading the motor vehicle state computer system

A. Continuing to enhance and upgrade eGovernment services with limited resources; election reform; upgrading the motor vehicle state computer system

Q.Q. What are your goals going into another term?What are your goals going into another term?

Q. What are your goals going into another term?

A.A. To maintain the levels of service currently provided to the public with the current economic climate To maintain the levels of service currently provided to the public with the current economic climate

A. To maintain the levels of service currently provided to the public with the current economic climate

Q.Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community? Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

A.A. I love Routt County and my job — I can’t imagine living in a more wonderful place or having a better job. I have been honored to serve as your county clerk and recorder for the past 16 years. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received and look forward to serving the next four years. I love Routt County and my job — I can’t imagine living in a more wonderful place or having a better job. I have been honored to serve as your county clerk and recorder for the past 16 years. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received and look forward to serving the next four years.

A. I love Routt County and my job — I can’t imagine living in a more wonderful place or having a better job. I have been honored to serve as your county clerk and recorder for the past 16 years. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received and look forward to serving the next four years.

Jeanne Whiddon

Position:Position: Routt County treasurer and public trustee Routt County treasurer and public trustee

Position: Routt County treasurer and public trustee

Years in office:Years in office: 12 12

Years in office: 12

Years in Routt County:Years in Routt County: 35 35

Years in Routt County: 35

Q.Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

A.A. Going online with an electronic foreclosure system, including a foreclosure search program available to the public. Going online with an electronic foreclosure system, including a foreclosure search program available to the public.

A. Going online with an electronic foreclosure system, including a foreclosure search program available to the public.

Q.Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?

A.A. Keeping up with the demands of record numbers of foreclosures. Keeping up with the demands of record numbers of foreclosures.

A. Keeping up with the demands of record numbers of foreclosures.

Q.Q. What are your goals going into another term?What are your goals going into another term?

Q. What are your goals going into another term?

A.A. Serving our customers as well as possible, while doing more work with fewer employees and less money. Serving our customers as well as possible, while doing more work with fewer employees and less money.

A. Serving our customers as well as possible, while doing more work with fewer employees and less money.

Q.Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?

A.A. If you are facing foreclosure, you may call me at 970-870-5420 to find out what your options are. If you are facing foreclosure, you may call me at 970-870-5420 to find out what your options are.

A. If you are facing foreclosure, you may call me at 970-870-5420 to find out what your options are.

Gary Peterson

Position:Position: Routt County assessor Routt County assessor

Position: Routt County assessor

Years in office:Years in office: Four months (I was appointed by the county commissioners to finish out my predecessor’s term when he left for a state-level job with the Division of Property Taxation.) Four months (I was appointed by the county commissioners to finish out my predecessor’s term when he left for a state-level job with the Division of Property Taxation.)

Years in office: Four months (I was appointed by the county commissioners to finish out my predecessor’s term when he left for a state-level job with the Division of Property Taxation.)

Years in Routt County:Years in Routt County: 20 years 20 years

Years in Routt County: 20 years

Q.Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

Q. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in office?

A.A. Surviving the 2011 budget process  Surviving the 2011 budget process 

A. Surviving the 2011 budget process 

Q.Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?   What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?  

Q. What key issues do you think you will need to confront in your next term?  

A.A. The biggest two are the 2011 reappraisal and a major software conversion. A reappraisal, which is done every two years, is always a huge task. The decreased number of sales that have occurred in recent years actually means more work for the assessor’s office in terms of a more complex analysis to value all properties in Routt County. Then, in fall 2011, we will begin the process to implement new assessment software — a process that may take as long as four months to fully implement. Our goal is to ensure a successful and smooth transition from the old to new software, as the current software will be going on 13 years of service at its retirement. (More than a lifetime in technology terms.) The transition to a new software package will be challenging, but it should provide substantial dividends going forward, making the department more efficient while providing tangible benefits to the assessor’s staff in carrying out daily duties, and to the public, as well. The biggest two are the 2011 reappraisal and a major software conversion. A reappraisal, which is done every two years, is always a huge task. The decreased number of sales that have occurred in recent years actually means more work for the assessor’s office in terms of a more complex analysis to value all properties in Routt County. Then, in fall 2011, we will begin the process to implement new assessment software — a process that may take as long as four months to fully implement. Our goal is to ensure a successful and smooth transition from the old to new software, as the current software will be going on 13 years of service at its retirement. (More than a lifetime in technology terms.) The transition to a new software package will be challenging, but it should provide substantial dividends going forward, making the department more efficient while providing tangible benefits to the assessor’s staff in carrying out daily duties, and to the public, as well.

A. The biggest two are the 2011 reappraisal and a major software conversion. A reappraisal, which is done every two years, is always a huge task. The decreased number of sales that have occurred in recent years actually means more work for the assessor’s office in terms of a more complex analysis to value all properties in Routt County. Then, in fall 2011, we will begin the process to implement new assessment software — a process that may take as long as four months to fully implement. Our goal is to ensure a successful and smooth transition from the old to new software, as the current software will be going on 13 years of service at its retirement. (More than a lifetime in technology terms.) The transition to a new software package will be challenging, but it should provide substantial dividends going forward, making the department more efficient while providing tangible benefits to the assessor’s staff in carrying out daily duties, and to the public, as well.

Q.Q. What are your goals going into another term?   What are your goals going into another term?  

Q. What are your goals going into another term?  

A.A. The goal of the assessor’s office is to place value equitably. This can be accomplished by retaining the trained staff in place now, utilization of new assessment software and GIS technology, and providing the public with better access to property records and up-to-date sales history. Part of the goal of equitable values is to be diligent in making sure current property records/inventory are up to date and accurate, this includes discovering property that is not on the tax roll and getting it on the rolls; referred to as “omitted property” in the assessment world. This falls under the first of four primary functions of the assessor’s office, which are: discover, list, classify and value all property according to state statutes. The goal of the assessor’s office is to place value equitably. This can be accomplished by retaining the trained staff in place now, utilization of new assessment software and GIS technology, and providing the public with better access to property records and up-to-date sales history. Part of the goal of equitable values is to be diligent in making sure current property records/inventory are up to date and accurate, this includes discovering property that is not on the tax roll and getting it on the rolls; referred to as “omitted property” in the assessment world. This falls under the first of four primary functions of the assessor’s office, which are: discover, list, classify and value all property according to state statutes.

A. The goal of the assessor’s office is to place value equitably. This can be accomplished by retaining the trained staff in place now, utilization of new assessment software and GIS technology, and providing the public with better access to property records and up-to-date sales history. Part of the goal of equitable values is to be diligent in making sure current property records/inventory are up to date and accurate, this includes discovering property that is not on the tax roll and getting it on the rolls; referred to as “omitted property” in the assessment world. This falls under the first of four primary functions of the assessor’s office, which are: discover, list, classify and value all property according to state statutes.

Q.Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?   Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?  

Q. Is there anything you’d like to tell the community?  

A.A. The assessor’s office functions under state statutes that dictate appraisal dates, sales periods and assessment dates. The mandatory appraisal date is June 30 of every even year. Our current appraisal date is still June 30, 2008, for tax years 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, this means that the 2010 tax bill, which you will receive in January 2011, still will be based on a value from a very robust and very different economic climate than what the last couple of years have been. However, in May 2011, all property owners will receive a new Notice of Value. The value on this NOV will take into account the decreased market values we’ve all seen occurring in our local marketplace. The 24-month sales collection period for this 2011 reappraisal are those sales occurring from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010. This new valuation is for tax years 2011 and 2012 (payable in ’12 and ’13) and will mark the first time that total valuation in the county has dropped since the 1989 reappraisal, as well as the first drop since the TABOR amendment was approved by voters in 1992 that will have profound effects on the various taxing entities when it comes time to administer their 2012 budgets. The assessor’s office functions under state statutes that dictate appraisal dates, sales periods and assessment dates. The mandatory appraisal date is June 30 of every even year. Our current appraisal date is still June 30, 2008, for tax years 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, this means that the 2010 tax bill, which you will receive in January 2011, still will be based on a value from a very robust and very different economic climate than what the last couple of years have been. However, in May 2011, all property owners will receive a new Notice of Value. The value on this NOV will take into account the decreased market values we’ve all seen occurring in our local marketplace. The 24-month sales collection period for this 2011 reappraisal are those sales occurring from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010. This new valuation is for tax years 2011 and 2012 (payable in ’12 and ’13) and will mark the first time that total valuation in the county has dropped since the 1989 reappraisal, as well as the first drop since the TABOR amendment was approved by voters in 1992 that will have profound effects on the various taxing entities when it comes time to administer their 2012 budgets.A. The assessor’s office functions under state statutes that dictate appraisal dates, sales periods and assessment dates. The mandatory appraisal date is June 30 of every even year. Our current appraisal date is still June 30, 2008, for tax years 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, this means that the 2010 tax bill, which you will receive in January 2011, still will be based on a value from a very robust and very different economic climate than what the last couple of years have been. However, in May 2011, all property owners will receive a new Notice of Value. The value on this NOV will take into account the decreased market values we’ve all seen occurring in our local marketplace. The 24-month sales collection period for this 2011 reappraisal are those sales occurring from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010. This new valuation is for tax years 2011 and 2012 (payable in ’12 and ’13) and will mark the first time that total valuation in the county has dropped since the 1989 reappraisal, as well as the first drop since the TABOR amendment was approved by voters in 1992 that will have profound effects on the various taxing entities when it comes time to administer their 2012 budgets.


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