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Tag: mike lonergan

April
10th

TAXES: State law governs credit card fee

A letter writer (TNT, 4-9) asked why Pierce County charges a fee when taxpayers use a credit card to pay through the assessor-treasurer website (piercecountywa.org/atr). I wish we didn’t have to, but state law prohibits the county from absorbing the fees charged for credit card transactions.

While the cardholder seldom sees it, all credit card transactions carry a fee, normally paid by the merchant accepting the payment. The assessor-treasurer uses a vendor which charges 2.4 percent of the tax payment, which is a typical amount for these fees. None of this fee goes to the county.

If, for

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: O’Brien has stayed above the fray

I would like to comment on a letter assessor-treasurer candidate Mike Lonergan recently sent to several people, including some who are currently working in the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office. In it Lonergan expresses concern about the fact that Billie O’Brien is being supported by current and former employees of the office and by the Teamsters Union.

He expresses concern that, if elected, O’Brien may show undue favoritism to these support groups. I also feel that he is implying that she would not properly represent the taxpayers who elected her.

Lonergan’s concerns are certainly not valid. I have know O’Brien for

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: O’Brien has valuable experience

You wouldn’t elect a sheriff who doesn’t have law enforcement experience. You can’t elect a county prosecutor who isn’t a lawyer. So why would you elect someone to run the largest appraisal shop in the county who has no experience in mass appraisal?

In the race for Pierce County assessor-treasurer there are two choices: Mike Lonergan, who doesn’t have any experience managing a mass appraisal organization, and Billie O’Brien, a seasoned property tax professional.

For 22 years, O’Brien has been an appraiser, segregation technician, supervisor, manager and acting chief deputy. She has successfully led the office while coordinating the valuation

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Lonergan best for assessor-treasurer

I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Mike Lonergan while we both served on the Tacoma City Council. I found him to be smart, hard working and honest.

Unlike his opponent, Lonergan has no ties to Pierce County politics or to the employees who currently work in the assessor-treasurer’s office.

Lonergan will ask the tough questions. He has the ability to identify the problems and find the solutions. And he has the proven leadership skills to ensure the office is accountable to the citizens of Pierce County.

(Manthou was a candidate for assessor-treasurer who was eliminated in

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July
30th

ELECTION: Lonergan’s leadership skills needed

I voted for Mike Lonergan for Pierce County assessor-treasurer because I am confident he will do an outstanding job. This office has been in a turmoil for several years because of poor judgment and leadership ability. We need a qualified person like Lonergan to restore order and good management to this office.

Lonergan has demonstrated leadership skills developed during 12 years as executive director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission; this will put him in good stead to manage the important office of county assessor-treasurer.

Lonergan has the support of elected officials in Pierce County and has received the sole, unanimous

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July
27th

ELECTION: Lonergan clearly best choice for assessor

Your front-page article on the five candidates for Pierce County assessor-treasurer (TNT, 7-25) made it even more clear that Mike Lonergan is the right choice.

While two other candidates have worked as department managers in government agencies, only Lonergan has actually served many years as a chief executive (at the Tacoma Rescue Mission and elsewhere in the private sector). One of the candidates has apparently never managed any organization.

I look at it this way: Imagine that the job of assessor-treasurer was not elective, but was being filled through normal hiring practices. It’s an executive position, overseeing 75 employees

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