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Humboldt County Assessor Candidates

The County Assessor’s run-off will be between Mari Wilson who received 38.83% and Johanna Rodoni who came in a close second at 34.46%.

A ) JOHANNA RODONI

Johanna Rodoni


1. How will you ensure that the General Plan Update (GPU) (and other County Policies) reflects a realistic view of Humboldt’s rural living opportunities that offers a fair and sound plan for rural landowners and Humboldt’s rural lifestyle?
– As a forty year rural landowner, I am particularly sensitive to policies pertaining to rural land and rural lifestyles. The Assessor is not responsible for zoning and land use policies. However, many times these policies can impact functions within the Assessor department. As Assessor, I will work pro-actively with the Planning department and the Board of Supervisors to address long standing property issues. One of my focuses will be to help supply a remedy to addressing the backlog of existing parcels with questionable status. We need to develop processes to openly address this and other issues which affect many rural landowners.


2. The county’s Planning Department has grown to outnumber most other departments in both personnel and budget, yet the community feels under served. Are the department’s priorities in tune with the citizens’ demands for service? How would you address this, especially in these times of tight budgets?
– As Assessor, I will dedicate energy to working with the Planning Department to identify problems connected with service to the community as it relates to the Assessors’ department. Opening up lines of communication is an important step towards problem solving. I value hands-on, collaborative problem solving and will foster a team building environment. It is imperative that the county departments work together to better serve the needs of the community and make our government more efficient. Tight budgets should not affect good service. Good service comes from good leadership.


3. Do you believe that the GPU offers adequate and diverse choices for Humboldt County residents to determine where they can live and raise their families?
– The General Plan Update definitely has the potential to offer diverse and adequate choices. The question is IF the final version will encompass the policies reflecting those choices. Because the General Plan is the constitution for all future developments within our county, it is extremely important for citizens to continue to voice their opinions throughout the public process. The Board of Supervisors, who will ultimately make the
final choice, needs to have a loud and clear message from their constituents as to what those choices should be. Good planning depends on community involvement.


4. In the June Primary election some candidates received large donations from out-of-county contributors. Would you support a voluntary limit on such donations? If yes, what limit would you propose?
-Yes. $500.00.

 

B ) MARI WILSON

Mari Wilson


1. How will you ensure that the General Plan Update (GPU) (and other County Policies) reflects a realistic view of Humboldt’s rural living opportunities that offers a fair and sound plan for rural landowners and Humboldt’s rural lifestyle?
– If elected Assessor my focus would be on doing the best job possible for the citizens of Humboldt County. The Assessor’s Office is not involved in the planning or permitting process. The Assessor’s office is involved in the valuation process after the hurdles of the planning and permitting process have been completed. As Assessor I will work proactively with the Planning Department to help make this a smooth process, particularly in the areas of Williamson Act and TPZ restricted value properties.


2. The county’s Planning Department has grown to outnumber most other departments in both personnel and budget, yet the community feels under served. Are the department’s priorities in tune with the citizens’ demands for service? How would you address this, especially in these times of tight budgets?
– The staffing levels and budget of the Planning Department and other County departments are approved by the CAO and the Board of Supervisors. My focus during the seven years I have been responsible for the personnel and budget of the Assessor’s Office has been to maintain a professional, compassionate staff in the face of reduced budgets andstaffing levels. I have avoided lay-offs through attrition and have never been over budget.


3. Do you believe that the GPU offers adequate and diverse choices for Humboldt County residents to determine where they can live and raise their families?
-The Assessor’s Office is not involved in the General Plan or the update process. Everyonehas an opinion, but I want to focus on the position of Assessor. Land use and the permitting process are both administered by the Planning Department. The Assessor’s Office receives the outcome of that process and values the property as appropriate under State law. Staying current on State law and assessment issues; knowing the Revenue
& Taxation Code, personal and real property valuation, personnel policies, how to oversee a staff and budget; and having good working relationships with the public and other government entities constitute the demanding job of County Assessor. I have worked hard for years to ready myself for this position.


4. In the June Primary election some candidates received large donations from out-of-county contributors. Would you support a voluntary limit on such donations? If yes, what limit would you propose?
– I would support a $500 limit on out-ofcounty contributions. I personally have declined contributions from organizations outside of Humboldt County. I have been very reserved about accepting contributions from local businesses as I want no illusion of conflict of interest. The only
contributions I have received from out-of-county were from my Aunts who are both proud of me for running for office. I don’t believe any candidate should accept business donations from out-of-county in any amount.

 

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