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Tax Assessor Collector Candidates' Questionnaire

Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

Rena Scherer

Name: Rena Scherer

Age: 57

City/county of residence: Victoria County

Office Seeking: Victoria County Tax Assessor-Collector

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Victoria County Tax Assessor-Collector

Q: Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

A: I love what I do, and my position allows me daily opportunities to help and serve others in our county. I want to continue serving the people of Victoria County and improving our Tax Office. The Texas Constitution places many requirements and responsibilities on Tax Assessor-Collectors, and I take these very seriously. Supervising a Tax Office like ours with numerous employees and duties requires skills and knowledge that come only from years of experience.

Q: What qualifies you to serve in this office?

A: I am a certified and registered Tax Assessor-Collector with more than 30 years of experience. I have extensive hands-on experience handling complex property tax, business tax, vehicle titling, and vehicle registration issues. I've completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, and received both Outstanding Service and Distinguished Service Awards from the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas. I've introduced numerous technological improvements to help customers and improve service in our office, while also increasing employee training.

Q: If elected, how will you go about serving your constituents? (75 word limit)

A: People have high expectations from those they elect to serve, and I strive to meet those expectations daily. I will continue serving our county in an ethical, competent, and responsible manner. I remain mindful of our budget constraints in these tough times, and search constantly for innovative ways to provide additional services. We have a strong team at our office, and give our all every day in serving customers and ensuring things are done properly.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

A: Complex and ever-changing laws, rules, and regulations govern our Tax Office. This means the position of Tax Assessor-Collector is no place to learn as you go. I have a great team of employees whose years of experience are an irreplaceable resource, and we are dedicated to keeping customer service as our top priority. Taxpayers deserve honesty and accountability at the Tax Office, and it is an honor to serve the people of our county.

Phone number, address, e-mail or web site where voters can contact you or learn more about you.

Personal Phone: (361) 578-6450

Personal E-Mail: rena@victoriaoliverco.com

Personal Address: P.O. Box 2532, Victoria, Tx. 77902

Name: Donna Rodriguez

Age: 47

City/county of residence: Victoria

Office Seeking: Victoria County Tax Assessor Collector

Party Affiliation: Republican

Q: Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

A: I am a Victoria native committed to serving my family and community. I want to ensure that the citizens of Victoria receive quality service from the tax office.

Through my education and work experience, I have developed the critical thinking skills necessary to successfully fulfill the duties of this office and to also obtain the state board certification required after elected. I am the change in leadership that Victoria County taxpayers are seeking.

Q: What qualifies you to serve in this office?

A: I served as the Human Resource Coordinator for a management company that served more than 3,200 employees; I have over 28 years of work experience and strong work ethics. I have an extensive background in coordinating and managing programs that provide support services, with emphasis on offering quality customer service. I have served on numerous community boards of directors and I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double major in Management and Marketing.

Q: If elected, how will you go about serving your constituents?

A: As assessor-collector, I will focus on leading the department in delivering and offering exceptional professional customer service. The tax office hours of operation will be reviewed so as to accommodate our customers' needs. I will review that the most effective and efficient business and collection systems are being utilized, including reviewing the appeal process. I will work to ensure that all current electronic services offered by the tax office are up-to-date and easy to use.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

A: The major tax-duty of the assessor-collector is the collection of property taxes. Other duties include registering and licensing of motor vehicles and working closely with the County Appraisal District. Although property values are set by the Victoria County Appraisal District, the assessor-collector sits on the appraisal district's board of directors. The board hires the chief appraiser and sets the budget. I will ensure that the most efficient, effective, transparent and customer driven practices are followed.

Phone number, address, e-mail or web site where voters can contact you or learn more about you.

Donna Rodriguez

PO Box 3662

Victoria, Texas 77903

drodriguez4office@gmail.com

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