Cicero, Salina consider sharing assessors

Residents in the towns of Cicero and Salina may soon have a lot more in common.

The two towns are discussing sharing an assessor, a move which would save taxpayers from having to pay for a full-time position in each town.

The measure was discussed Monday night at Cicero's town board meeting. It has also come before the Salina Town Board.

Brad Brennan, Salina's assessor for the last 22 years, and Linda Yancey, the part-time interim assessor for Cicero, both spoke to the board in favor of the move.

"Salina is willing to do that, and I'm willing to serve if it comes up," Brennan said. "We have no agenda. We're looking to coordinate assessing and just looking to consolidate to save money."

Yancey said the move would be a good one.

"The problem with Cicero is that you keep growing," she said, "and over the years, the assessment office has not been able to grow along with the needs that have been there. You need people working for you that have a lot of training. You're at the point where you need some highly professional people working for you to at least get some baseline accurate assessments."

Yancey said she thought combining offices with Salina was the best option for the town.

"Brad would be an excellent solution," she said. "He has the vast experience that comes along with him. As well as working for ORPS [Office of Real Property Services], he knows the programs inside and out. He knows evaluation. He knows how to model. He knows how to train people."

Brennan said, if the merger goes through, he anticipated splitting his time between the two towns, being in Salina two and a half days a week and Cicero two and a half days a week. Otherwise, each office would be staffed with clerks, data collectors and other employees.

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