When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will be asked to choose a Monroe County Supervisor of Assessments in a two-candidate race.
Democrat Barrie Scott of Waterloo is running for Monroe County Supervisor of Assessments. He is opposed by incumbent Carl Wuertz.
Scott is a licensed architect at Barrie Scott Associates. He graduated from Kansas State University and did MBA studies at Webster University. He served as a Sergeant E7 in the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged.
He is a certified Illinois Assessing Officer, a former member of the Monroe County Board of Review, and a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, Waterloo Rotary Club, Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow, Kaskaskia Trail Chorus and chair of the human resources and property advisory committees for Human Support Services.
“Having served on the Monroe County Board of Review for several years, I saw firsthand the need for reform of our current assessor’s office operations,” he said. “When elected, I will never forget that you, the citizens of Monroe County, are my employers. Every person will be treated with professionalism and respect.”
Scott said the main issues of this campaign are the generally high number of appeals, indicating a problem with fairness. He also cites the issue of late assessments, forcing taxing districts to use reserves or borrow to pay their bills.
His family consists of his wife, Quinta Scott, two sons and three grandchildren.
Republican Carl Wuertz of Fults is running for Monroe County Supervisor of Assessments. He is opposed by Barrie Scott.
Wuertz, 50, is the current supervisor of assessments. He graduated from Valmeyer High School and served in the United States Air Force.
He has been supervisor of assessments for the past 8.5 years and has 13 years of experience in the assessor’s office. Wuertz has more than 400 hours of Illinois Department of Revenue-approved
education. He is a member of the Certified Illinois Assessing Officers, the County Assessment Officers Association of the State of Illinois, Randolph County Tractor Pullers’ Association, Maeystown Civic Association and Valmeyer FFA Alumni.
Wuertz said he will continue to serve the citizens of Monroe County with respect and professionalism.
In the past, Wuertz has said that he likes to keep up with new technology that may benefit the office.
“I’ll use my experience to try and get assessments as close to perfect as I can,” he said in June when speaking to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Because of his enthusiasm for technology, he said, everything the office does is accessible on their website.
“Along with my staff, I will continually improve and upgrade the assessor’s office,” he said.