Name: Bob Andrews
Profession: Realtor and appraiser
Biography: Colorado native: born in denver, grew up in Limon and Aurora. Also resided in Greeley, Sterling, Yuma and Pueblo. Bachelor degree: education-history and mathematics. Master's degree: education-leadership and policy studies (principal/superintendent). Taught for 12 years-Aurora Public Schools, State of Colorado, Pueblo Community College. Have sold real estate, either full-time or part-time, since I was 19 years old.
Full time real estate appraiser for the past 25 years.
Father of two college graduates; one grandchild.
How would handle a walk-in appointment policy?
Like the treasurer's office, I would have kept the walk-in appointment policy through the pandemic. The current assessor required appointment access. I pledge to report to work every day and all day. As public servants, it is imperative the public have access to their public servants. The assessor must be present to provide walk-in appointments.
What is your approach to bringing fairness to the tax system in Arapahoe County?
Experience! I have been appraising real estate, full-time, for the past 25 years. My opponent has never appraised a property. It is important a manager understands the technical aspect of his subordinates. Using my 25 years experience I have full understanding of both the process of valuing properties as well as the differences in markets.
How would you approach valuation protests by property owners?
Protesting property taxes are the right of property owners. I like to be proactive versus reactive; meaning it is important to assess properties fairly and accurately from the beginning to reduce protest requests.
It is important that regardless of the outcome of the protest, the property owner has complete understanding of the tax process. As a former educator, I would make sure my staff educates the tax payer exercising exceptional customer service.
If the taxpayer is still not satisfied with the findings of the appraiser or deputy assessor, I have the knowledge, experience and willingness to meet with the property owner.
The last options would be the Board of Equalization and possibly the District Court State Board of Assessment Appeals.
What sets you apart from other candidates in this race?
The assessor manages a real estate appraisal office. I am the only candidate that has actually written an appraisal report; thousands of reports. In addition, I pledge to report to work every day and all day.