In support of Hamlett

Published 10:16 am Friday, October 25, 2019

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Dear Editor,

On Nov. 5, Lunenburg voters will have the opportunity to choose the person who will be the County’s Commissioner of the Revenue for the next four years. This is a position that requires experience, exactness and efficiency — an incredibly challenging job in determining County taxes for individuals and businesses based upon pre-set formulas established by the Board of Supervisors and the State. Due to our current commissioner’s outstanding qualifications, I strongly support the re-election of Elizabeth “Liz” Hamlett for this post.

Liz Hamlett has ten-plus years of experience working in the Commissioner’s office, where she began her training under the previous Commissioner, the Honorable Pat Adams. As Chief Deputy Commissioner, she became Commissioner upon Adams’ retirement. Since that time, Liz has twice been elected in her own right as Commissioner: first, in a special election in 2014, and again in 2015.

Liz has pursued study in order to receive the certification as “Master Commissioner” from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. This designation requires extensive knowledge of the Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Taxation and other information pertinent to the position of Commissioner.

Liz’s leadership has earned for Lunenburg’s Commissioner’s office the recent distinction of becoming one of the first and the very few counties in the Commonwealth to be fully certified. In addition, she was one of only four Commissioners in the state to receive the President’s Award from the outgoing president of Commissioners of the Revenue of Virginia organization.

Liz’s has been recognized by her peers in other jurisdictions who have elected her as vice-chair of the Central District Commissioners of the Revenue and secretary of the statewide organization of Commissioners of the Revenue of Virginia.

Liz’s door is always open to those who need help in answering questions about their property and its assessment for taxation. Her office has placed on the internet maps of property holdings in the county for the convenience of the public.

Locally, Liz is active in her church, where she is choir director, and in the community where she has served as president of the Lunenburg County Rotary Club. She has two elementary-age children whose participation in Scouting she actively supports.

In the best interest of Lunenburg County, I strongly urge you to re-elect Elizabeth “Liz” Hamlett to the post of Commissioner of the Revenue.

Anne C. Hamlett