I am honored to be nominated as VALA President by Michelle Wilson upon her resignation. And I thank Michelle for her service to this organization.
For those of you who haven’t met me, I am a tenth generation Vermonter and second-generation tax assessor. Along with my sister Christie, I was trained in the appraisal profession by my father Stephen Wright. I began working on town-wide reappraisals in 2002 with my dad and have continued under Wright Appraisal Company after his retirement in 2011. I became a licensed fee appraiser in 2007 and first became a Lister in West Rutland in 2012.
To date I have provided contract assessing services for many towns in Rutland, Addison and Bennington Counties, with current contracts with Proctor, Pawlet, Pittsford and Stamford.
My goals as incoming President of VALA are the following: 1) continue the good work of those who have served in this role before me including education offerings and the increase in sponsorship for our conferences that has been realized in the past few years; 2) increase VALA’s membership to include towns that have a full-time Assessor or Board of Listers as well as those that have a part-time contract assessor or some hybrid approach; and 3) build upon VALA’s role in informing legislative changes and giving a voice to our town assessing departments in Montpelier.
I am grateful for the officers and committee chairs in place and will rely on their experience in the year to come.
I look forward to working with all of you.