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(Ad) Election 2104: Jeffrey Feese for Adair County PVA|
2014-02-07 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo CM Announcement photo.
Time to Speak
To the voters of Adair County, KY
I am Jeffrey (Jeff) Lynn Feese. I am the son of Donna and Jr Feese. I have filed for the office of Property Valuation Administrator of Adair County. I did so for many reasons. It is a job that I have worked towards for well over 20 years. I first began in the PVA world, in August of 1990. I worked in the PVA office in Green County, for J.W. “Bill” Edwards and Adair County, for my dad. I did so until 1997. November 1, 1997 I began my career with the KY Revenue Cabinet’s, Department of Property Valuation as a Property Assessment Coordinator. That job is to basically follow property tax from the assessment, thru collections, the delinquency, and eventually the sale of the delinquent tax bill. I was responsible for auditing the offices of the PVA in their assessments and procedures. I was responsible for settling out the states portion of the collections in the sheriff’s offices. I also worked with the county clerks, judges, and taxing districts as well. I was responsible for 7-10 counties during this time. In Feb of 2001, I was promoted to the Western Branch Manager. This position did the same as before but it covered the westernmost 40 counties in the state and I have had from 4-7 staff members from this time up until February 6, 2014. At that time I resigned my position, due to the fact that I filed for the office of PVA. Under current state statute an employee of the state that is considered a merit employee is prohibited from being involved in a political campaign. I tendered my resignation after filing and my Executive Director picked my final day as Feb 6.
During my time in Property Valuation, I have received the educational designations that are available through them CKA (Certified KY Assessor) and SKA (Senior KY Assessor). I have been instructor of about every course that they offer regarding assessing all classes of property, procedures of the office, and the policies, regulations, and statutes that govern them. I have been appointed interim PVA in at least 8 different counties and at one time I was PVA in 2 of these counties at the same time. I was appointed to these positions for as many as 6 months at a time and this was due to previous PVA’s retiring, and stayed PVA until an election was held or the governor appointed a new one. So I feel that I am as qualified for this job as anyone else in the county (including my dad) and more qualified for this job as anyone eligible to be in this election. To be eligible, you must pass an entrance examination for the office of PVA. I have taken this exam the 5 times that it has been offered since I was 24 years old (the minimum age requirement to take the exam).
As for the lessons learned in life here in Adair County, from my parents I learned how to treat people. As one could figure out, without treating people fairly and respective, my dad could have never been elected much less re-elected a total of 6 more times. He has won elections over respected opponents and every time treated them with dignity and respect. Not one time have I heard him say anything about any form of retaliation for them taking part in the democratic process; and it is that attitude that I will be bringing with me to PVA office. All I can do is tell the wonderful citizens of our county that they will receive the same fair treatment from the same staff that they have for the previous 28 plus years. A couple more lessons I picked up on, was from my Papa Orville Ellis; “if ain’t broke don’t fix it and if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all”. That is how I will leave that.
I would appreciate the voters and citizens of Adair County to support me, just as numerous people have for the past 10+ years encouraging me to do just what I have done in filing for office of PVA in a timely manner under the legal filing deadline. And as you can see, in doing this filing I had to resign my job. This is why I had to file when I did, for the benefit of my family. As for my fathers desire to pull out, those were his reasons and I am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me.
I will be giving a full description of my family that I am very proud of my wife Shannon, 3 daughters, son in law, and 2 grandchildren at a later time. Until then please give me a consideration in becoming your next Adair County Property Valuation Administrator and vote FEESE for PVA!
Jeffrey L. Feese
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