To the editor:
There is a need for someone to stand up in defense of our Scotland County Tax Administrator and all tax department employees. Many negative and untrue comments have been circulating that need addressing. I am a recent tax department retiree, having served this county 15 years. The last eight of those years were under the direct supervision of Mary Helen Norton, our current tax administrator. My experience and acquired knowledge qualifies me to, openly and honestly, speak out.
First, while serving as tax auditor, there were many audits, tax appeals and other tax issues which required me to work one-on-one with Mrs. Norton. Scotland County is very fortunate and certainly blessed to have someone of Mrs. Norton’s caliber serving in this position.
Second, when addressing all the tax employees, I must point out, you have a total of 166 years of taxation experience serving you. Taxpayers, you must realize and understand the employees do not enact the tax laws nor do they set the tax rate. The tax rate is set, each year, by your county commissioners. Tax employees are performing their duties as set forth in the North Carolina General Statutes, by which the tax department is governed. In reality, they are there to help you, not hurt you. Folks, these people have tough jobs. Please show them the respect they deserve. Should you encounter rudeness from anyone report it to their supervisor.
Finally, I wish to turn the attention away from the tax department and focus on a candidate for county commissioner. I have known Samuel Cribb many years and considered him an active citizen who tried to do good for our county. However, recently, in my opinion, he is not pursuing this office with the goal and intent of serving and supporting all citizens. I believe he thinks he has been treated unfairly regarding a personal tax issue. Mr. Cribb served on the Scotland County Board of Equalization and Review many years and should be knowledgeable of the property tax laws. If one listens closely to some of his comments, one might conclude he has a vendetta against our tax administrator, and is clearly seeking personal satisfaction by choosing to seek the office of county commissioner.
Voters, take the time to get to know your tax department and your candidates for Scotland County Commissioner; then, you speak out, loud and clear, at the polls.
Retired Scotland County Tax Auditor