For Starkville Daily News
In making her announcement for the office of Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor/Collector, Lisa Wynn made the following statement:
“Our county will soon be bracing for the change of leadership in the Office of Tax Assessor/Collector. I, Velisia “Lisa” Wynn, am one of the candidates vying for this position. I did not arrive at my decision easily. I sought the advice and wisdom of family, friends and former administrators I have worked for on a professional level. I sought prayer in my faith and asked God to wrap me in his grace and mercy for this journey.
“The Office of Tax Assessor/Collector is responsible for the collection of tax dollars in our county. As residents of this county, it is imperative that we entrust this office to an individual that can be trusted.
“If elected as Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor/Collector my short-term goal is to create a courteous and professional office environment. My long-term goal is to create an online service that would allow the purchase of car tags, tag renewal and property payments to be done online. I also want a payment option of credit or debit card for payments that are received in the office. This creates efficiency for the office staff and reduces office traffic.
“A website would be created for information on homestead, car tags and other relevant information. I would like to have two workshops yearly so that our residents can ask questions and have a better understanding of how their property is assessed and how their county tax dollars are utilized.
“I was born and raised in the Rockhill community of Oktibbeha County. It is still home for many of my relatives. I am the mother of Tyler Wynn. He is a junior majoring in international business at Mississippi State University and has plans of entering law school.
“I am a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in English. I have a Master of Arts in teaching English from the Mississippi University for Women. I am a former reading teacher, tutor, special education teacher and after-school teacher for the Starkville School District. Presently, I work as a literacy coach. I am responsible for mentoring and assisting teachers with the implementation of a reading program. I am also responsible for professional development and directing assessments.
“One might ask where I got the idea to seek a political office. I never had an idea that I would seek political office. This is because I had a vision that I would seek political office. My vision has goals and has required me to stay focused. No candidate has the experience of being a tax assessor because our county has had the leadership of our present tax assessor for 32 years. I am grateful that our state will provide the appropriate training for the successor of this office.
“If elected it is so important for me to give back to my community. If elected I am committed to three community service projects that I have created. I will award a total of 10 scholarships to five Oktibbeha County School graduating seniors and five to Starkville High School graduating seniors. Secondly, I will host Legends at Mix, Mingle and WYNN (it will be a cookout for seniors who are 55 and older. This will allow them to be recognized during the month of May for Senior Citizens’ Day). The last will be a school supply drive for parents that may have difficulty purchasing school supplies. These are the community service projects I have personally committed to for our community.
“I humbly ask for your support on your democratic ballot on Aug. 2. I look forward to working as a civil servant for our county and our residents.”