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Scott seeks another term

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By Stephen Lega

William U. Scott has represented Marion County as an elected official since 1994, and he hopes to keep doing so for another four years. In the May 18 primary, Scott is running for re-election as the Marion County property valuation administrator.

"It has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience and I would like the opportunity to continue to serve," he wrote in a questionnaire for the Enterprise.

Scott previously served as the state representative from 1994 to 2002. He has been the PVA since then.

In addition to holding office, Scott is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a farmer, and he has been a timber contractor.

Scott and his wife, Kathy, have a son and three grandchildren.

Scott graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965, and received a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied mathematics.

He is a member of Highview Methodist Church, Marion County Farm Bureau, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He is also a volunteer for Relay for Life and belongs to the Property Valuation Administrators Association and the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Scott pointed out his experience, both as a public official and in the military, and his educational background among his qualifications for the office.

If elected, he said his priorities will be to maintain accurate records and help the public.

"A major priority in our office is for us to be helpful, knowledgeable and accessible to everyone," Scott wrote.

But he added that fairness is the most important thing his office will emphasize.

"Fair and equal assessment is our number one priority," Scott wrote.

In the next four years, Scott wrote that the economy, real estate trends and the state budget will all affect issues in the PVA's office. The state provides a majority of the funds for the PVA's office, Scott noted.

"As these funds decrease because of budget cuts, we must continue to operate within our available resources," he wrote.

Scott added that he would use global information systems, other technologies and ongoing education for his staff to continue to improve the accuracy and performance in his office. He added that his office would continue to provide courteous service if he is re-elected.

Scott noted that his parents, the Marines and his tour of duty in Vietnam taught him many life lessons, including duty, honor and respect.

"In the years that I have served as your state representative and as your property valuation administrator, I hope I have lived up to those values," he wrote.

Editor's note: Scott's complete questionnaire is available at www.lebanonenterprise.com.