By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON —
Democrat Sabrina (Eastham) Wheatley will be taking on Republican Dan Knox in the race for Jefferson County Treasurer in Tuesday’s election.
Wheatley said she is running for treasurer because it is important the person in the position has a financial background.
“I have been a business manager and treasurer in the school system for the past 25 years,” Wheatley said. “I have done payrolls for up to 75 people, I have maintained the budget and all investments for the district.”
Wheatley said she believes it is important that all citizens of the county be more informed about their taxes.
“A lot of people in this county, including myself, live from paycheck to paycheck,” Wheatley said. “I think it is up to the treasurer to let the people know ahead of time if they are going to see a considerable increase in their taxes. People need to plan ahead for this and currently they are not made aware of significant increases.”
Wheatley said she would inform the citizens as soon as possible of what taxes will be.
“I think it would be worth the postage to let the people know of significant increases ahead of time and let them plan for it so that they are not in a state of shock when they get their tax bill,” Wheatley said. “Unfortunately, no one like to pay taxes, however, if we could make it less painful for the citizens and let them know that their money will be put to good use to make our county a great place to live and more inviting for industry.”
Wheatley said she will be retiring from her current position after the election.
“Since I will already be retired, I will be opting out of the county retirement, which will save the county approximately $10,000 per year on my benefits,” Wheatley said.
Knox is currently serving as treasurer, appointed to the position after the resignation of Debbie Marlow. He said he would like to continue to improve the fiscal standing and policies of Jefferson County.
“I have ran for this office since July 2011,” Knox said. “I have saved more than $5,000 in processing real estate tax bills.”
Knox said the most important issues facing the county treasurer are security, liquidity and yield of Jefferson County taxpayer money.
“I want to continue to provide sound financial planning and continue to provide cost effective solutions for all county projects,” Knox said.