AUBURN – Troy Myers believes he has the knowledge and skills to ensure the assessor’s office has accurate information to appraise properties in DeKalb County.
Myers seeks the Republican nomination for DeKalb County Assessor and faces four-term incumbent Sheila Stonebraker in the primary election.
“There is a definite need for better and more accurate information in the assessor’s office,” Myers said in the campaign material.
“It can reduce taxes, but we need leadership to get that data. I believe I have the knowledge and skills to achieve this.
Born and raised in DeKalb County, Myers graduated from DeKalb High School and later Trine University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and a minor in economics.
Currently, he works as a substitute teacher at DeKalb County schools and is the office manager of his mother, Necia Myers’ bridal shop.
“I have over 30 years of experience in retail, retail management, finance and accounting,” Myers said.
“With over 30 years of experience in management and finance, I decided to step up and run for the position of appraiser instead of sitting back and complaining about the status quo.”
If elected, Myers said, “I will work to help stop the excesses of state government by bringing our base pricing down to the level of the county where it belongs.”
“The problem is that in too many counties they don’t do on-the-ground assessments. I don’t know how this county does it, but I know if I get elected it will be back to the boots on the court,” Myers said.
“I will ensure that every property in DeKalb County is appraised in person to reduce the chance of errors,” he added.
“If your assessment is incorrect for any reason, it will impact your property tax. My obligation to the office is to do my best to keep residents’ property taxes as low as possible by making sure things are done right.
Myers said that in addition to his experience in management and finance, his people skills make him a good fit for the job.
“I have always been interested in politics. I was talking to neighbors and friends, talking about our ratings that had been posted and each person had a story about “well, that doesn’t seem right” and had questions about certain charges “said Myers.
“I believe everyone in the county…I believe they need a voice and a place to voice, I guess, their concerns and not feel like they’re being pushed aside.”
Myers describes herself as a “people person” and someone who likes to go out and talk to people.
“I think one of the best attributes I have for this position is that I have this willingness to open up, to have people come in and say, ‘Hey, I don’t understand this’ and to to actually sit down with them and go deeper, step by step, and make them understand what’s going on from my point of view, to also understand what’s going on in their minds,” he said.
Myers said he will be a public servant who takes responsibility for the office’s actions and strives to bring respect inside and outside the office.