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county, re­gard­less of their in­come lev­els, de­serve a break on their taxes.

“ The county’s tax base on prop­erty taxes will still re­main,” he said. “Ev­ery­body knows it’s press­ing times. Dur­ing th­ese press­ing times, the peo­ple that are on fixed in­comes are those that suf­fer the most.”

Day said he be­lieved elim­i­nat­ing all school prop­erty taxes for se­niors would only con­sti­tute a “small por­tion” of the New­ton County School Sys­tem’s rev­enue stream. In June he said he be­lieved the BOE was wast­ing some of their fund­ing.

“I think the amount taken away by se­nior cit­i­zens would be in­signif­i­cant,” he said.

If re­elected, Din­gler said she would con­tinue to “fol­low all of the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the state of Ge­or­gia.”

An em­ployee of the New­ton County Tax Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice for 23 years, Din­gler has served as the tax com­mis­sioner for the past 9 years. In ad­di­tion to try­ing to bring credit card pay­ments back, Din­gler said she has also im­ple­mented a sys­tem that al­lows res­i­dents to re­new their mo­tor ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion over the In­ter­net.

She said she has also brought back the fil­ing of homestead ex­emp­tions into the Tax Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice from the Board of As­ses­sors where the busi­ness had been han­dled pre­vi­ously.

“ We’ve al­ready had over 550 homestead ex­emp­tion applications since April 1, she said, adding, “I have cross- trained all my staff and they can now do mo­tor ve­hi­cles and [home] prop­erty to bet­ter ser­vice the cit­i­zens of the county.”

Born in New­ton County, Din­gler and her hus­band, Keith, have two chil­dren. She was pro­moted to prop­erty tax su­per­vi­sor in 1987 and deputy tax com­mis­sioner in 1998.

“I en­joy do­ing my du­ties to the cit­i­zens of the county and hope­fully I will be able to con­tinue do­ing that,” Din­gler said.

If elected, Day said he would treat the cit­i­zens of New­ton County in “a well­be­haved man­ner” and an­swer all of the ques­tions that res­i­dents may have about their taxes.

“I would look around and an­a­lyze ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on there and see where I could be a ben­e­fit to the citi- zens of New­ton County,” Day said. “ I would think about putting a com­puter sys­tem that would al­low [res­i­dents] to put in the data them­selves to see which homestead ex­emp­tion would be the best use to them.”

Day spent 10 years work­ing for Henry County’s Tax Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice where he was the divi­sion di­rec­tor of oc­cu­pa­tional tax and al­co­holic bev­er­ages. Prior to that, he worked for 30 years as an in­for­ma­tion sys­tems man­ager. He has lived in New­ton County since 1976 and lives with his wife, Melinda.

“Vot­ers will vote for me be­cause I will take the of­fice se­ri­ously, treat all cit­i­zens of New­ton County with re­spect and at the same time look for any pos­si­ble way that I might help them de­creas­ing their taxes if pos­si­ble,” Day said.


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