2022 Primary Election: Ada County Assessor |

Rebecca Arnold

To party: Republican

Address: 11751 W Thomas Dr, Boise ID, 83709

Campaign phone: 208-841-2530

Website: arnoldforidaho.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/rebecca4idaho

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Campaign website: arnoldforidaho.com

Facebook campaign: facebook.com/rebecca4idaho

Q: What are the most important challenges facing your country and how do you propose to address them?

A: Our citizens face unprecedented growth with runaway property taxes and a shortage of affordable housing. Since the assessor’s office does not have the power to pass ordinances to control property growth or taxes, I would address issues by: ensuring property value assessments are accurate, fair and consistent, and that owners have convenient access to all data available to the assessor’s office to assess the accuracy of their assessed value. Analyze the appraiser’s budget to identify cost savings and improvements in the use of taxpayer dollars while maintaining a high level of service. Work with other elected officials and the legislature to assess and enact legislative changes to reduce the property tax burden.






Q: What specific skills do you have to effectively meet these challenges?

A: 34 years as a lawyer, ACHD commissioner (16 years old) and former CPA working in accounting; straight; budget planning and control; commercial and residential real estate and real estate law, including the acquisition and sale of land; price negotiations and valuations; residential subdivision development, pricing and sales; construction and installation of site improvements for residential and commercial developments; development and construction of shopping centres; resource and personnel management; strategic legislative changes; and strategic planning with clients. A proven track record of collaborating, listening to the public, carefully considering the law and facts, and making informed decisions, while prudently managing taxpayer funds.

Q: How will you continue to engage with your constituents?

A: I believe that elected officials are at the service of our citizens and should be available for questions, assistance or comments. I will provide a cell number (208-841-2530) and email ([email protected]) to be easily accessible to the public. I would also post a newsletter on the agency website and social media and provide information sessions to groups upon request.

Laurie Barrera

To party: Democrat

Address: 5877 N. Streamside Pl., Garden City ID, 83714

Q: What are the most important challenges facing your country and how do you propose to address them?

A: -no answer-

Bradley Bolicek

To party: Republican

Address: 173 E. Fall Dr., Boise ID, 83706

Campaign phone: 208-713-3808

Website: bolicekforadacountyassessor.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/Bolicekforadacountyassessor

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Campaign website: bolicekforadacountyassessor.com

Facebook campaign: facebook.com/Bolicekforadacountyassessor

Q: What are the most important challenges facing your country and how do you propose to address them?

A: I am passionate about making changes to the property tax structure. Beyond day-to-day operations and budget responsibilities, I focus on real estate tax restructuring for the benefit of current owners and potential first-time home buyers. Property taxes have become a burden on ALL Idahoans, especially in Ada County with its extraordinary growth.







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The elected assessor must be active in the legislature; it was not the case. I will work with lawmakers to develop bills to restructure Idaho’s property tax laws. A plan that will bring relief to ALL Idahoans, especially those on fixed incomes.

The first way to reduce taxes is to REDUCE EXPENSES. I will examine the 4 areas of responsibility of the elected assessor and find ways to improve efficiency, save tax dollars. For example: Does the Office of Motor Vehicles need all 5 locations or can reducing overhead by sharing locations with other county departments reduce costs while providing the same level of service?

Q: What specific skills do you have to effectively meet these challenges?

A: I am the only candidate with leadership, budget, finance and business operations experience in the private sector. I am the only candidate with the proven ability to build relationships and work harmoniously with my peers and team.

I have 40 years of budgeting experience, both in business and as a small business owner. I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. I was responsible for finance and budget in 3 divisions of the company at Walt Disney Co.; Responsible for the planning and budget of the Paramount Pictures studio; Developed, owned and operated Bolo’s Pub and Eatery for 11 years in Meridian, Idaho; Founded and operated Boise Swim Club in Ada County; I am an active licensed real estate agent with Silvercreek Realty, trading as Bolo Terra Firma Properties.

In the 28 years that I have lived in Ada County, I have volunteered for over 15 different non-profit organizations serving Ada County.

Q: How will you continue to engage with your constituents?

A: I welcome public comments. I will meet and greet my constituents, provide information and education using the Assessor’s website, and invite feedback from all citizens of Ada County. I will ensure that the assessor’s office has full transparency.

I have a reputation for providing excellent customer service, as well as working with my team, peers and clients to build relationships.

Ron DeRoest

To party: Republican

Address: 291 N. Yellow Pine Pl, Eagle ID, 83616

Campaign phone: 208-503-3647

Website: RonForAssessor.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/ronforassessor

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Twitter: twitter.com/ronforassessor

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Facebook campaign: facebook.com/ronforassessor

Campaign Twitter: twitter.com/ronforassessor

Q: What are the most important challenges facing your country and how do you propose to address them?

A: The biggest challenge we face in Ada County is the continued shift in taxes from commercial to residential. This is best addressed by increasing the homeowners exemption. I intend to be a voice for the public and a liaison with the Legislative Assembly. I will work with the local city authorities to improve our communication. This will ensure that zoning and building permit data is shared in a timely manner so that properties are valued accurately.







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Q: What specific skills do you have to effectively meet these challenges?

A: The role of assessor is a highly technical job that requires experience and specific ongoing training. I am a certified appraiser. I have worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years including 6 years as an Assistant Assessor with the Ada County Assessors Office. During my time at the Assessor’s Office, I completed over 200 continuing education credit hours in tax policy, assessment administration, and mass appraisal methods.

Q: How will you continue to engage with your constituents?

A: I will lead an open and transparent office. My door will always be open and I promise to listen to the concerns of the public. I will improve the tools and data available on the assessor’s website. I will hold periodic town hall meetings and invite all citizens to voice their concerns.

Dave Litster

To party: Republican

Address: 1259 E. Shenandoah Dr., Boise ID, 83712

Website: DaveforAda.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/daveforada

Campaign website: DaveforAda.com

Facebook campaign: facebook.com/daveforada

Q: What are the most important challenges facing your country and how do you propose to address them?

A: Property tax reduction! I will ensure that each owner receives all the discounts to which they are entitled. I will also work to educate homeowners on what goes into their property tax bill so they can see the different components of their total tax bill. Armed with facts and data, they can see how much each of the nearly 40 tax entities charges. Are you getting fair value for what you pay? Hold them accountable for what they charge. Knowledge is power ! I will also work with the other county assessors and our local legislators to assess additional statutory tax reductions. I will be the “taxpayer watchdog”!







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Q: What specific skills do you have to effectively meet these challenges?

A: I grew up in Boise and have deep roots in Ada County. I moved to get my economics degree from BYU and my MBA from Harvard Business School. My 40 year old wife, Janet (who grew up in Emmett) has lived across the country but came back here to raise our six children. I’ve worked in real estate development, managed small business start-ups, and worked at Micron Technology in their business development group. I believe my extensive business experience gives me the ability to help make Ada County a livable and affordable place to live and thrive.

Q: How will you continue to engage with your constituents?

A: I will provide user-friendly tools on the assessor’s website for taxpayers to find the information they need to know that their assessment is fair, accurate, and transparent. I will also visit community groups to be accessible to answer questions and solicit feedback. I will ensure that all interactions with taxpayers are professional and cost effective. We will “evaluate” our performance at the DMV so that taxpayers’ time is treated with respect.

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