Why are you running for office?
I want to offer my experience and continue to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Retiring from the assessor’s office at the end of this year will allow me to spend the time required to make informed decisions for the taxpayers of Hancock County.
What makes you a qualified candidate for the position?
I have 31 years in county government. I served seven years on the county council, elected to four terms as Vernon Township assessor and serving my second term as county assessor. I have extensive experience with more complicated aspects of county government, including tax abatements, tax caps and enterprise zones.
What are your top three goals for the position?
My top goals are: Be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars, be accessible to all taxpayers and make educated decisions that serve in the best interest of all taxpayers in Hancock County.
What are the most pressing issues facing Hancock County, and what can the county council do to help?
The criminal justice facility is at the forefront. My goal is to be efficient with taxpayer dollars in funding this project.
Do you support construction of a new criminal justice facility? Why or why not?
Absolutely. The provision of drug addiction and mental health services are critical in today’s society.
Identify one area where Hancock County is overspending, and identify one area where you’d like to allocate more resources.
I am not aware of any overspending in Hancock County. I have worked closely with the county council over the last 23 years, and the council has historically been very efficient with taxpayer dollars. I think it is important to emphasize efficiency in spending over the allocation of additional resources.
Name: Mary A. Noe
Office sought: Hancock County Council
Occupation: Hancock County Assessor
Political experience: Hancock County Council, 1988-1994; Vernon Township assessor, 1995-2010; Hancock County assessor, 2011 to present
Family: Husband Michael; two children