Name: Marsha Berzins
Profession: I currently own an electrical contracting business and have just served 12 years on Aurora City Council. ess. I am a wife and mother of five children.
Biography: I have lived in Arapahoe County since 1979, have a business degree, have been a business owner for many years and served on Aurora City Council overseeing $1B budgets for 12 years. I am a common-sense business focused person with compassion for others.
What resources for taxpayers do you want to highlight and support?
I support the state senior and veteran property-tax programs, the senior tax deferral program and military personnel called into active service allow tax deferral of property taxes. There is also a senior and disabled veterans property tax exemption program that I support.
Are there any ways you would or could make the tax process easier or more simple in Arapahoe County?
My first goal is to get the information about the deferral and exemption programs out to our taxpayers. I want to speak with people to hear their concerns. Communication is key for the taxpayers. I will use email and social media where possible. Drop boxes should be utilized more. My office will be open for walk-ins and someone will answer the phone.
In your view, what are some of the most important functions of the treasurer's office that some may not know about?
The treasurer's office collects property taxes and distributes the revenue to nine schools, 13 cities and towns, tax increment districts and special districts. It manages non-risky investments remembering that this is taxpayer money.
What is your biggest priority for treasurer?
My biggest priority is working with the taxpayer and keeping their dollars safe. I will be a friend to the taxpayer to watch carefully that their dollars will be transparently spent and invested. The treasurer must follow state statutes and the Constitution.
What’s are the biggest policy difference between you and your opponent?
I have day-to-day experience in owning and running a business. I have always been a public servant and have problem solving experience. My 12 years on Aurora City Council overseeing a $1B budget and my personal business experience is a huge difference between us. I was also the director of human resources in another job. I have always been involved in businesses since graduating with a business degree. I care about people and helping them be the best they can be. I have taught my five children the same principles.