Being a good steward

I am the Policy Director for the Oregon Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division. Oregon’s property tax rates are tightly controlled by Measure 5, Measure 50, and voters. In my career as a public servant, a big part of my job is to scrutinize the details to ensure Oregon’s property tax statutes and rules do what Oregon voters intend them to do, not more, not less. In any case, neither a school board nor the State of Oregon can raise property taxes without a vote of the people. 

As your neighbor and a fellow taxpayer, I know I can add a distinct and vital perspective to the school board. While my professional career will have no bearing, conflict or influence in my role as a member of the WLWV school board, I will use my skills to ensure our school district is accountable for being a good steward of our investment in our kids. No one likes paying taxes. Let’s work together to be sure we’re getting value for our money.


Back to School

I promise you I will push for our kids to safely return to five-day-per-week, full-time school as quickly and as safely as possible, while preserving CDL for those families who prefer it. This means following CDC guidelines. This means only entering into agreements with the flexibility to change as CDC guidelines change.

Amending existing agreements can only occur if both parties agree to it. Additionally, the board does not have the power to overrule state rules and laws. No matter who is elected, that is the case. I won’t lie to you and imply otherwise. But, I promise you I will do everything in my power to get our kids safely back to school full-time, five-days-per-week.


A holiday greeting from our family to yours…

We are in the midst of Passover right now. In the years before Covid-19, when we were overseas, we would come together with the Jewish community at post and enjoy a Seder of regional foods from many different Jewish communities. The mixing of Sephardic and Ashkenazi customs and foods was such a special experience, especially when we were all so far from home. Holidays often mean big gatherings of friends and family. We hope to host big Seders again once Covid-19 is better managed. We know it has not been easy, but we will get there.

In the meantime, we want to recognize the observances of different faiths and backgrounds that are so important to the fabric of our community. Whether observing Passover, Easter, Ramadan, Vaisakhi, Ram Navami, or something else, we wish everyone a springtime filled with good health, love, kindness, joy, equality, and respect for each other. And, may we all be able to celebrate in large gatherings once again sooner than later.