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Commissioner Becker, Assessor Berg confirm their re-election bids

Mar 14, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Two more Fremont County elected officials are seek re-election.

First-term Fremont County Commissioner Travis Becker, R-Riverton, announced his re-election bid this week. He represents the county's third commission district encompassing Riverton west of Federal Boulevard.

And Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg also is hoping for another term in office. She announced on March 12 that she would seek re-election.

Becker was first elected to the county board in 2010.

"I have and will continue to ensure that the needs of our citizens are met with the fiscal responsibility that the taxpayer expects from their elected officials," Becker said.

Over the last year, Becker spearheaded efforts to build a new Riverton justice center. He pushed for moving the project forward several times, met with state officials, wrote grant applications, testified before legislators, and liaised with architects.

"This effort has culminated in having the State of Wyoming pay for 50 percent of a new building, and the county to pay the other half," Becker said.

"With the plan that I have presented to the rest of the commission, we will be able to pay for our share in 10 years or less by borrowing from the county reserves."

Becker and his wife own The Print Shop in Riverton. The Riverton residents have two children.

No challengers fro either party have emerged yet for Becker's seat. The official filing period doesn't begin until May for the Aug. 19 primary election. The general election is Nov. 4.

Assessor

Berg was elected assessor in 2010, having served as the deputy assessor for the 12 prior years. Her office is responsible for assessing property for tax purposes.

"I am humbled by the faith the Fremont County citizens placed in me four years ago, and I ask for your continued support in the upcoming 2014 election," Berg said.

She is a certified property tax assessor with the Wyoming Department of Revenue, she said, and has hundreds of hours of education and experience in her field.

She points to her office's communication and efficiency as signs of success.

"Since taking office, I and my staff have worked diligently to develop and maintain open lines of communication with taxpayers to ensure transparency in the valuation process," Berg said. "We provide a thorough explanation of how the statutes and Department of Revenue Rules apply to property values."

Besides evaluating property, her office determines ownership of property, maintains maps, administers a property tax exemption program for veterans and prepares reports about the assessed value of the county.

"I have restructured job duties and streamlined information processing to assure the most accurate analysis," Berg said.

She lives outside of Lander with her husband, Brett, and daughters Brooke and Britnee.