Steve Martin (D) – Summit County Assessor
Steve Martin (Democrat)
Summit County Assessor
Editor’s note: Steve Martin is running unopposed.
Question 1: What have been your accomplishments so far as assessor and why do you want to continue to serve?
I have been a part of eliminating a poorly designed and executed appraisal program that had been forced on this and other counties across the state by legislation. double-entering data we were able to smoothly transition back to the original, functioning, program with no loss of time or capabilities.
We have met the state-mandated assessment requirements, four years in a row with no factoring order from the Tax Commission, an annual goal for all assessors.
Why do I want to continue serving? For the same reasons most people continue working; I like what I am doing, I feel I know what I’m doing, I feel I am doing a good job and I want to do it some more.
Question 2: Are you satisfied with the county’s current council/manager form of government, why or why not and what would make it better?
I originally saw the council/manager form of government as a possible re-allocation of responsibilities that would redistribute those government powers to the legislative (the Council) and the executive (county manager) thereby creating a more efficient and smooth-flowing government. The reality was less than that. I have hopes that the groundwork laid out by Mr. Jasper and the current council will allow the new manager and council the opportunity to work toward the true council/manager form of government.
Question 3: Are there any state laws or fees that you would change as they pertain to your position as a county assessor?
Since the Assessor’s office is charged with administering state law and statute, I do all as the law requires. From a more philosophical point of view I would like the Primary Exemption (Homestead) Law defined more strictly as an exemption and not treated as a standard discount to any residential structure. It should be the continued presence of the same warm body that qualifies the property as someone’s primary residence not some future intent to occupy. It has already shifted a good part of the local tax burden to out-of-state owners who do not create the demand for services and, conveniently, cannot vote. But, that is philosophically speaking. I will continue to view the Residency Exemption as an exemption and administer it to the full capacity of this office
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