In KEPR’s new segment “Know Your Candidate,” Mary Phillips stated: “I have really looked at, and I have shared this goal with the auditor and the treasurer of Benton County and I have met with them at length, is the co-location of the offices for the auditor, treasurer and the assessor. “
Will tax dollars be wasted combining these three offices? What is the expense of closing the county courthouse in Prosser, or moving Kennewick and Richland offices and staff to Prosser? Moving is costly. It seems to me that this particular issue has been a hard fought battle over the years, won time and again by the voting public.
After researching both candidates, I have learned that Bill Spencer has made real property appraisal his profession, and seems to have a good understanding as how to problem solve without throwing tax money “hoping” for a good outcome. I agree wholeheartedly with Bill Spencer’s statements that the bigger issue is communication which cannot (necessarily) be strengthened by placing everyone in the same location, but rather in changing the communication environment.
For experience, knowledge and leadership, I’m voting for Bill Spencer.