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Candidate Questionnaire: Tammy Saulsbury for Natrona County Assessor

Tammy Saulsbury is running for Natrona County Assessor. (Courtesy Tammy Saulsbury)

CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to each candidate seeking office in Natrona County who has filed to run in the primary election in August.

These questions are designed to give our readers a better understanding of the people behind the names on the ballot. Below, get to know Tammy Saulsbury, who is running for Natrona County Assessor:

1. Who are you? (name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)

I am Tammy Saulsbury and I have lived in Casper for almost 50 years. I served in the Assessor’s office for 13 years. During my time in the office, I had the opportunity to work every position within the office. In 2018, I was unanimously appointed as the Interim County Assessor from April-December. During my free time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

2. Why have you decide to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?

I am running to give tax payers a voice and to ensure that tax payers receive fair and accurate property tax assessments. We have seen property taxes dramatically increase in recent years. I am also running to restore transparency within the office and to ensure tax payers are treated with dignity and respect. During my time in the office, I had the opportunity to work every position so I understand the work of the office from every aspect. I plan to use this experience and knowledge to address the issues our citizens are currently facing.

3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?

I will work to ensure that data, policies, and procedures are accurate and effective and where they are not, I will ensure they are addressed. I will work with the tax payers to address their property tax concerns.

4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?

I served in the Assessor’s office for 13 years and have worked every position within the office. I understand the operations of the office and how to help it run efficiently.

5. Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?

Yes. As a tax payer, I understand the issues that are affecting our community. I, too, have been affected by the tax hikes we’ve seen under the current administration and I will work to ensure that these issues are addressed.

6. On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance?

I believe in an open-door policy for the office and will work each day to build and maintain that transparency. Tax payers have a right to know how their properties are assessed and have a thorough understanding of where their tax dollars go.

7. Do you believe the office or board position you seek has been open and honest with the public? If yes, how can the entity remain open and transparent when conducting public business moving forward. If no, what changes would you implement to ensure that all future dealings are open and transparent?

No, I do not feel the current office has been transparent and open with the public. Our tax payers deserve an office they can go to with questions or concerns and not fear reprimand. Our tax payers deserve respect and dignity from their County Assessor and staff.

8. If you are presiding over a meeting and a topic was being discussed that you didn’t fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting?

I would ask questions and clarifications during the meeting as well as follow-up after to ensure I understand and have what I need to address the issue.

9. Should you be elected, or re-elected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes in your
chosen office? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not?

I plan to restore the integrity of the Assessor’s office. I plan to implement an open-door policy where tax payers can voice concerns without fear of reprimand and receive the respect and customer service they deserve. I will work to ensure property tax assessments are accurate and ensure statutory deadlines are met.

10. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?

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NOTE: All primary candidates who filed to run for office in Natrona County were sent questionnaires at the same time and Oil City News will publish responses in the order they are received. Candidate responses are only edited for clarity and style.

If you are a candidate and did not see the questionnaire in your inbox, please email news@oilcity.news. Oil City News sent questionnaires to Natrona County candidates running in the primary for municipal, county office or a seat in the Wyoming Legislature based on email addresses shared by the Natrona County Clerk’s Office; if you would prefer the questionnaire sent to a different address, please let us know.


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