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Barton County Commission District 2

Barton County Commission District 2

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    Barb Esfeld
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is your position on and understanding of the “truth & property taxation”?

The recent Covid-19 virus has impacted the county economy. Due to a loss of revenue what county resources will continue to be available and what services might be reduced or cut?

There is an initiative for the city and county to work more closely together to better utilize resources without duplicating them. With this in mind, how will you prioritize county services?

What is your plan for implementing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusionary County Commission?

Personal Biography I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas. I'm married to Rob Esfeld and together we have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. I'm a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. I enjoy being involved in our church, Kiwanis, Oxford House and our Community. I started my career as an appraiser in Dodge City. I have since served as the County Appraiser in Russell County and the last 12 years in Barton County.
Campaign Phone (785) 483-1384
Campaign Email barb.esfeld6565@gmail.com
Education Dodge City Community College, Property Valuation and various other appraisal education providers.
Community/Public Service Prince of Peace, Circles, Kiwanis, Dream Center and Oxford House.
Address 1624 Polk St. Great Bend, KS. 67530
I believe that my experience in the County Appraisal field gives me a good understanding of "truth & property taxation". Property taxation in Kansas is difficult to understand at best. One of my main objectives is to work with the state and local entities as a County Commissioner to figure out a way to lower property taxes for Barton County citizens. Taxpayers are being forced out of their homes that they worked for years to pay for and due to taxes can no longer afford. This is wrong and a solution has to be found. Our tax system in Kansas has become unbalanced with to much of our services being paid for by property tax. This situation can no longer be ignored and will require much attention and work. I feel that I have the experience and time to put forth this effort.
In my opinion we will need continue with public health and safety. This will include the Barton County Health Departments services, 911, Fire and ambulance services, Sheriff's Department, jail and City Police. It will be necessary to maintain roads both in the County and City as well. No one likes to reduce or cut services but under the current situation it may be necessary. The first areas I would cut is extra activities that are not essential put on by our County and City. When reviewing the County budget, I would look to reduce or cut funding given to organizations that are non-essential. If drastic measures are needed to fund the necessary services it may even require reducing the budget of each County Department.
I think this is a great idea and feel it is way overdue. The first to review is the services provided by the County and the City. Next it will be necessary to review the services that may be duplicated. After that is completed, the question would be as to whether or not it would be possible to combine these services. A study will be needed to see how much money can be saved by combining services, how this would be done and is it even feasible. This will require research and work on both the County and City's part but would be worth the effort.
At this time, I do not have a plan to implement regarding a more diverse, equitable and inclusionary County Commission. With that said, I'm open to listening to the taxpayer's of Barton County and learning ways that this can be accomplished. I do believe that this topic is very important and merits time and research.