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County kicks off hearings on elected offices

January 30, 2013

TRACY — Lyon County officials kicked off the first in a series of public hearings Tuesday, seeking public input on whether to take the first steps toward making the offices of Lyon County......

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Jan-31-13 11:59 PM

This is a good move on the part of the commissioners. Too long the Lyon County Auditor Treasurer office was administered by an unqualified individual. If we as tax payers expect results we need to hire the right people!

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Jan-31-13 10:45 AM cut off. ...the will of the people." It's a job not unlike that of a police chief whereby the position calls for them to comply with all state, local, and federal laws. They do not create laws or vote on legislative changes. They simply administer already existing laws and create policies and workplace rules in order to effectively administer said laws.

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Jan-31-13 10:43 AM

Some of the duties of the auditor/treasurer (varies from county to county)...collects taxes for real estate & personal property & other taxes owed to the county; performs tax administration including land transfers, name & address maintenance, splits & combines of parcels, tax calculations, tax increment finance(TIF; collects special assessments; administers sales of licenses (e.g. liquor, auction, etc); serves as chief election officer--responsible for voter registration, ballot layout, and absentee voting; tax forfeited land transfers & maintenance; budgets, etc... That's a whole lot of statutes to comply with. On top of that, the person needs to be knowledgeable in all state, local, and federal computerized systems relating to the functions required by the office. Some manage many employees and departments that administer the above referenced duties. It's more administrative than it is a job where someone is making decisions based on "the will of the peo

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Jan-30-13 8:51 PM

As far as Rona's comment, isn't that what an election is for? Each voter decides upon each candidate, regardless of their experience. Otherwise it would feel like communism. I don't know how much leeway the auditor/treasurer has, but owing the commissioners for their position might sway some decisions.

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Jan-30-13 10:41 AM

Just think what would happen if we could appoint a president based on experience rather then emotions or political correctness.

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Jan-30-13 10:39 AM

PS--public hearings are normally published in the publication(i.e., newspaper) that was approved of by the county commissioners, and usually within a specified time frame. Notice of meetings are not generally sent out to residents. That's incredibly cost-prohibitive.

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Jan-30-13 10:37 AM

I can't believe that anyone would think that the auditor position should still be an elected position. The knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required are not something that someone can pick up in a short amount of time, especially with the complexity of Minnesota property tax laws. If it were me, I'd rather have someone well-qualified that can do the job in a cost-effective manner, even if it means paying that person what the market demands. Without an appointed auditor/treasurer, you're either left with re-electing the most same person year after year, because of proven knowledge and experience(if they've done their job well, anyway) or electing someone who may or may not know the property tax laws, procedures, and associated computerized systems. I shudder at the thought of bringing someone in who knows nothing about any of that just because they managed to get the most votes, regardless of experience or knowledge.

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Jan-30-13 8:56 AM

Maybe if some notice had been sent to Tracy residents that there was a hearing there would have been better attendence.

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