Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 18, 2014

Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

GREENUP — A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

The Democratic primary race pits incumbent Bill Clary against newcomer Bobby Hall. The winner of the May 20 primary will run in November against Republican Betty Riffe. Riffe is unopposed in the primary.

Both candidates focused on technology upgrades in interviews this week, Hall on website maintenance and Clary on new aerial imaging services.

Kentucky property valuation administrators are a key component of the state’s property tax system. They don’t set tax rates, however, but assess all the real estate in the county and assign a fair market value. That value is used to calculate the tax bill on each property.

Clary first took office in 1986, when property records were compiled and maintained on paper.

Records have long since gone digital and Clary said he is looking at another technological tool to keep the office up to date.

Clary hopes in a next term to pursue acquisition of aerial imaging services to compile clear and highly detailed pictures of the county.

The imaging system can be combined with existing mapping and GIS data, leading to more accurate valuation, he said.

The acquisition would require partnering with other agencies that also could use the services.

Clary is otherwise running on his record and said he has assembled a skilled and reliable staff and has been dependable in meeting all state requirements for his office.

He is a past legislative representative for the state PVA association’s seventh district and a past member of the FIVCO Area Development District board of directors.

Hall is a Greenup native who has never run for office before. He most recently worked as general manager for WLGC radio and left that job to run his campaign for PVA.

Hall said he wants to “bring the PVA office into the 21st century by implementing the best technology available.” That would require some upgrades because of the pace of modern technology, he said.

He said he would maintain the PVA website to assist the public with retrieving information on the state property tax system and that current working assessments and property characteristics would be posted for taxpayer use.

He said his business management experience of 20 years and his background in customer service would be a benefit to the office.

Candidates for PVA are required to take a state qualification test and Hall said he took and passed the test in November.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Golden Corral sends children to camp

    Ashland’s Golden Corral teamed with other restaurants across nation this year to raise $1.5 million to send a total of 3,000 children to Camp Corral.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Burglars steal golf gear

    A couple of golf enthusiasts might not make their tee times Saturday because burglars stole golf equipment from their garages.

    July 24, 2014

  • Music instructor claims age discrimination

    The Russell Independent School District is denying allegations of a former band director who claims in a lawsuit the district discriminated against him because of his age.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Financial blunder leads to heated board discussion

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.
    Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and City Attorney Richard “Sonny” Martin confirmed a new ordinance will be drafted so the department heads of finance and legal counsel will be checked by the board, in addition to Bitter’s current oversight.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stricter enforcement, diagonal spots endorsed to help downtown

    A group of business owners operating along Winchester Avenue — Ashland’s main thoroughfare — asked the Ashland Board of Commissioners to replace current parallel parking spots with diagonal ones, and also for more strick enforcement of a two-hour parking law.

    July 24, 2014

  • National act takes stage at Boyd County Fair

    The Building of Dreams erupted into screams Thursday night at the 2014 Boyd County Fair, as country music fans saw Bucky Covington take the stage.
    According to Ellen Keaton, fair board president, Covington was a favorite on season five of Fox’s talent competition series American Idol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke-free advocates bound for Ashland

    Advocates for smoke-free public spaces are touring the state, starting in Ashland, to drum up support for anti-tobacco legislation they hope to pass next year.
    Smoke-Free Kentucky is a coalition of organizations and people who support a ban on smoking in all public and work places in Kentucky.

    July 24, 2014

  • Ohio State Band Direc_Mayn.jpg Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grimes has pep rally before energetic Democrats

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was preaching to the Democratic choir Thursday night at the Wendell Ford Dinner attended by about 700 here.

    July 24, 2014

  • Commissioners challenge city manager’s authority

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone