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County OKs request to appoint positions

February 6, 2013

MARSHALL — The last in a series of hearings on whether Lyon County should seek legislation to appoint the county auditor/treasurer and recorder drew a mix of public opinions on Tuesday night....

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MarshallSupporter

Feb-06-13 9:33 AM

What a joke! Just another example of elected officials attempting to consolidate power at the voters expense. Ms. Barker is correct. Appointed positions will not be independent of commissioner oversight, which by its very nature lends it self to politicizing the position. I would like the commissioners to explain why they think this is necessary to start with? Have they identified issues of competence in either the recorder or auditor/treasurer positions (i.e. is the process broken). If not, why are we proceeding down a path of eliminating citizen’s rights to elect these positions? And if issues have been identified, have they been communicated to allow citizen’s to exercise their right to retain the incumbent or vote for someone else? Let the voters determine if they want to make this change. Don’t hide behind the legislature. I can already hear the commissioners’/Stomberg’s response: “the legislature approved it, so it' in the best interests of Lyon County." Give me a break!

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bystander

Feb-06-13 3:43 PM

Wow. MarshallSupporter, you have NO idea how the office of the auditor/treasurer or recorder works do you? It is, by job description, an administrative position. Those positions need to be filled by competent, skilled, and experienced professionals--not just someone elected to the position. Anyone can run for the position, but can they coordinate local, state, & federal computerized tax, elections, and licensing systems? Do they know the in's and out's of statutes relating to taxation, property classification, issuing passports, birth & death certificates, etc? Do they have supervisory experience? Are they well-versed in interdepartmental local government policies and procedures? Do they have a working knowledge or recording laws, standards, and procedures? Do they have proven experience in developing workflow processes related to govermnental policies and procedures? If not, then let the friggin county hire someone who can! Get over your "local control" of

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bystander

Feb-06-13 3:49 PM

Tell me...what oversight do you think is needed? Property taxation, valuation, and classification has a ton of statutory compliance laws to adhere to. It's all well-regulated by the Department of Revenue. Recorders have statutory compliance as well. Auditor/Treasurer's do not make laws, change laws, or suggest laws (except to make suggestions for improvements to existing lawss when problems are found and those changes generally are for the benefit of property owners). Come and walk a mile in my work shoes and you'd see how many laws there are to comply with at the local government level. The thought of an elected official coming in and making changes based on political affiliation makes me shudder. Plus, that person might not be around after the next election. Then you spend the next how many years training the new person in because maybe they're not qualified either!! Common sense has gone by the wayside. Do your research!

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blasphemer

Feb-06-13 4:41 PM

Unfortunately bystander, our commissioners have proven themeselves in the past to be less qualified than the voters to fill these positions. This is for the voters to decide.

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bystander

Feb-06-13 5:07 PM

Blasphemer--care to explain how the voters who elected the commissioners are any more responsible when it comes to electing the auditor/treasurer and recorder??

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mikeym

Feb-06-13 5:50 PM

This reminds me of the ad I just saw on tv about the couple whose plubmer also did their taxes. How many of you would want the county auditor/treas. doing your plumbing or your plumber being the county auditor/treas. If we're going to elect the auditor treas then why don't we elect our city administrators, school superintendt, teachers, etc. Most people have no idea even is being elected to this position.

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blasphemer

Feb-08-13 9:32 AM

Unfortunately bystander, the voters can only choose from the shallow pool of what is running.

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blasphemer

Feb-08-13 9:36 AM

mikeym, We DO elect our school board members, and they have also shown in the past that they are ofentimes clueless in the decisions that they make. Particularly when it comes time to appoint a superintendent.

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