Carol Scott and Robert Razzano, candidates for Moffat County assessor, spoke to a crowd of about 150 local voters Tuesday night at Centennial Mall, pitching their campaign platforms a week before the Aug. 10 Republican primary election.
Their words came during the Craig Daily Press/KRAI candidate forum. They addressed the public they hope to serve in the future.
Scott is Moffat County’s deputy assessor, and has been with the office for 13 years.
“I hope that when people come into our office, we’re able to provide a high level of customer service and that our staff is very willing to share information and have dialogue with them,” she said.
Razzano is currently the Moffat County treasurer and a long-time county government employee.
He encouraged residents to open more dialogue directly with the assessor’s office, and said that homeowners often know their homes better than assessors.
“You know your property better than I do, and you know what cracks there are in your foundation,” he said. “Come in and talk to me about it, and we’ll treat people fairly.”
Both Razzano and Scott said the April 2011 appraisal in Moffat County would be their top short-term priority, if elected.
The candidates were also asked about how they would assess penalties, when necessary.
“I think the first goal would be to be consistent with the penalties,” Scott said. “You never want a property owner to be penalized, and then have them point and say taxpayer Y or Z hasn’t.
“You need to be fair.”
Razzano said penalties assessed should be less than they are now.
“Right now, the penalties have a tendency to start at the maximum,” he said. “We should start lower and work our way up.”