August 16, 2010
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Next week, Moffat County will say hello to a new county assessor, treasurer, commissioner and sheriff. But first, the community has to say goodbye to Robert Razzano, Elaine Sullivan, Tim Jantz and Tom Mathers.
Moffat County residents can expect their property taxes to drop a bit in 2012, county assessor Robert Razzano said. That’s because the county’s assessed values in residential and commercial property decreased by 4 and 8 percent, respectively, in 2011. The county’s vacant property, industrial property, and natural resource values also experienced significant reductions in 2011, but a spike in oil and gas activity has ensured Moffat County’s total value will remain flat going into next year, according to a 2010 v. 2011 valuation report certified by the assessor’s office Dec. 1.
For Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan, Tuesday will be one she won’t soon forget. And even though she has done it twice before, she doesn’t think the day’s activities will be any less moving. Sullivan will join seven other elected officials at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Moffat County District Court to be sworn into their respective elected offices. The ceremony will be a completely new experience for some, and for others it will be one they have had the honor of participating in several times before.
Robert Razzano, Moffat County treasurer and the Republican nominee for county assessor, said he wishes former write-in opponent Jennifer Riley well in her new position. “If that is the direction she wants to go, I guess that’s fine,” Razzano said Wednesday after hearing Riley would withdraw from the November election. “There are no hard feelings on my end. I just wish her good luck in the new spot.”
Moffat County now has a second contested race on the Nov. 2 ballot. Craig resident Jennifer Riley, 37, chief appraiser for the assessor’s office, filed her affidavit Monday afternoon to be a write-in candidate for Moffat County assessor in the November general election. “I’m running for assessor because I feel the work of the assessor’s office is vital and important to this community,” Riley said. “And, I believe I have the qualifications, the education and the experience to continue to do the work the assessor’s office does and has been doing the last seven-and-a-half years