The Chief Assistant Assessor facing the Pocatello Police Officer in Bannock’s Senior Assessor

POCATELLO — With current Bannock County Assessor Sheri Davies not running for re-election, her deputy chief has filed for the position.

Anita Hymas, who has served as the county’s chief deputy evaluator since 2013, will face current Pocatello police officer Greg Cates in the Republican primary.

EastIdahoNews.com sent the same eight questions to both candidates but only received answers from Hymas. His unedited answers below had to be 250 words or less.

The primary election will take place on May 17. The general election will take place on November 8.

Tell us about yourself – include information about your family, career, education, volunteer work and any previous public service experience.

HYMAS: I moved to Idaho when I was 9. My dad retired from the military and took us to Idaho. We lived in northern Idaho until 1977 when we moved to Bannock County. I completed my junior and senior years at Pocatello High School.

Through a class called Office Professions, I was able to apply for and get a job at the county assessor’s office, working in the set room looking for the property for the second half of the day. After graduating, I attended ISU while continuing to work part-time. I was quickly offered a full-time job in the assessor’s office.

I have been married for 38 years and we have a daughter who is the light of our life. We have resided in Chubbuck since 1987. We love the outdoors and love Bannock County. I am active in my church and have been a Special Olympics swim coach for years.

At the county, I started out as a researcher and quickly learned to process deeds, eventually doing mobile home data entry. I was Office Manager, then I returned to the flat room where I learned to write on the computer rather than by hand. I then became Cadastral Coordinator, which was one of my favorite positions.

In 2013, the assessor at the time, Dave Packer, appointed me chief deputy and I have been able to remain in this position ever since.

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your personal life or career?

HYMAS: On a personal level, my greatest achievement is becoming a wife and mother. Another is that I overcame a fear of water when my husband asked me to try float tubing. Now it’s one of my favorite activities.

On a professional level, here are some of my accomplishments: I can fill most positions in the office. I never became a chartered appraiser, but I took all the necessary courses. I work with evaluators to resolve issues and get things done in a timely manner. As a dish room assistant and deed processor, I learned to find any deed or case that no one else could find. I helped create dish room procedures to go digital with dish books when we first converted to computers. As a Mobile Home Technician, I worked with the Treasurer’s Office to create a prepayment form for pre-payment of taxes for manufactured homes. As Office Manager, I created procedures and processes for support staff. As Chief Deputy, I made improvements to the process for processing non-profit exemptions, which is now done in the Commissioner’s office. I have been instrumental in improving the appeals process in our office alongside assessors and support staff.

My greatest accomplishment is to have worked and evolved in an office that not only became my career, but an office that I helped evolve into the future.

Why are you a member of the Republican/Democratic/Independent/Other party? Briefly explain your political platform.

HYMAS: I was raised in a conservative Republican household. My grandparents and my parents were all Republicans. My father, being in the army and having served in 3 wars, loved his country. He instilled in me and my two brothers patriotism and a love of our country. I was taught at a very young age good values ​​and strong morals and I was taught how precious life is. I thank both my parents for the things they taught us. I believe in the 2nd Amendment to protect our freedom. I believe in God and I know he lives.

I have always been interested in politics since I was young. I was so excited at the age of 18 to exercise my right to vote. I don’t think I’ve ever voted in a primary or general election.

Please explain the role and responsibilities of the position you are applying for?

HYMAS: The primary duty of the appraiser is to determine the fair values ​​of real and personal property. Each taxable parcel must be reduced to its market value each year. This is done through the revaluation process by observing the market and reviewing sales data.

The assessor, per Idaho code, is responsible for completing a 5-year assessment cycle that requires at least 1/5 of the county to be reviewed and inspected for any changes each year. They are also responsible for identifying and classifying all county property according to state law. The appraiser is also responsible for implementing exemptions on real and personal property.

The appraiser is also responsible for the Department of Motor Vehicles, titling and registering vehicles as an agent of the Idaho Department of Transportation.

What are the biggest challenges facing your country

HYMAS: The growth we are seeing is incredible in Bannock County. That being said, the biggest challenge for the assessor’s office is that the Bannock County real estate market is unrecognizable from 4 years ago. Homes are selling above asking price and first-time home buyers face a monumental challenge in the dream of home ownership.

Combine that with the state requirement that each county must appraise properties at current market value every year and we have quite the dilemma. Adjusting properties to match this market, while doing it fairly and equitably, is a big project. We’ve made great strides toward that goal over the past two years, and that work continues as we speak. I will work tirelessly to provide taxpayers with the fair assessments they demand.

How will you best represent the views of your constituents, even those with different political views?

HYMAS: The office of assessor is a partisan elected position, but honestly, I don’t think partisan politics is really part of how the office works. The state has laws, codes, rules, etc. quite simple about how the appraiser’s office does its job.

I have worked with people from all walks of life and from all political backgrounds, and will continue to do so. I believe that many of the problems we face today can be solved by involving a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and experiences. In all these years of working with the public, I have learned far more from our landowners and ratepayers than I could ever hope to teach them. Many of my ideas are based on feedback and conversations I regularly have with members of our community.

How can you encourage or improve relationships with cities and other municipal or educational entities in your jurisdiction?

HYMAS: Communication. By far, the best way to help each other and develop our relationships is to talk to each other. By listening to each other’s needs and finding solutions together, we move forward as a government and as a community.

What are your views on local and national media organizations. As an elected official, how would you work with the media to help inform the public?

HYMAS: I think the media has a very difficult job: bringing the news to people and doing it in an engaging way. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help give the media information that they can then pass on to the public. There are many one-on-one conversations I’ve had with the audience that contained information that would likely be appreciated by a larger audience. By working with the media, we can help get these important messages to as many people as possible.

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