Sedalian Angie Luebbering is one of five candidates in the race for Pettis County Assessor in the Aug. 2 primary election.
The other four candidates include Christopher C. Woolery, of Sedalia, Karen Hill, of Smithton, Susan Young Yelton, of Sedalia, and Mark A. Thomas, of Sedalia, and with all five being Republican, the race will be decided during the primary.
Luebbering has 18 years of real estate experience, noting she is familiar with the real estate market of Sedalia. She has worked for the last 12 years as a deputy clerk in the Pettis County Circuit Clerk’s office in the criminal division. She said she decided to run for office because she has knowledge in the real estate market.
She offered a few issues facing the county regarding the assessor’s office and noted some areas that could be improved.
“We need to make sure the assessments are fair and equitable across the county,” she said. “I would like to see a little bit more education when it comes to the public, people being a little more educated about the process of assessments. Maybe a little more online access to the assessor’s office and things that they do. I think they run a good office, I just think the technology and things, it could be a little better.”
She said she thinks the assessor’s office issues fair and equitable assessments, but that she also thinks it could be improved.
Luebbering added a few things she’d like to see in the assessor’s office that have been beneficial in her current job.
“A public use terminal, we utilize that in our office and it really frees up some time for the clerks and I think it would be beneficial for the people in the office if they had a user terminal,” she said. “For questions on assessments or properties then they would be able to access that on their own without having to use the employee. We at the courthouse, everything’s online, we do everything digital now. I would like to see records be saved that way.”
Luebbering said the assessor’s main responsibility is to the taxpayers, making sure they understand the assessment process and feel welcome to talk with the assessor about any issues.
If elected, her goals for office include the improvements listed above as well as making sure the office runs smoothly and the transition from Assessor Karissa Logan to the newly elected assessor is smooth.
“I would just like to see the assessments be across the board fair and equitable,” she continued. “And education to the public because until I ran for this position I didn’t know there’s all that information out there, like I went to the Missouri Assessor Association website and that’s a lot of information for the public they probably don’t know. I would like to utilize that a little bit more. Just let people know there is a process if you’re not happy with your assessment, there is an appeal process, and how you come across on an assessment.”
When it comes to challenges in fulfilling the office, she said the biggest one would be meeting the public’s needs and getting feedback from the public on what they would like to see in the assessor’s office.
“I do have 18 years of experience in the real estate market,” she said of why citizens should vote for her. “I’m familiar with land, residential, commercial property. I know the ups and downs of the real estate market and it’s going to change your assessment values. I would like to make sure that is being taken care of. I’m good with the public, dealing with the public for 30 years now.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.