County Assessor Ken Milder ‘Loves His Job’

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder is running for reelection. Courtesy/Kiwanis

 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Democrat Ken Milder, the Los Alamos County assessor, is seeking re-election, and he is unopposed in both the Primary Election and the General Election.

Nevertheless, he told Kiwanis in a recent talk, “You can still vote for me….”

Milder has lived in Los Alamos County for 44 years. He retired after working 38 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He also served 12 years on the Utilities Board and 12 years on the County Council.

He noted that—like a judicial candidate—he isn’t allowed to make many promises, but, he said, he is allowed to say that he will “follow state statutes”; “be fair and equitable” in the assessment of property; and try “to improve the transparency” of the assessment process.

He emphasized that the assessor “does not impose or collect taxes … all my office does,” he said, “is value property.”

On his county website, Assessor@lacnm.us , he says, in part, “The mission of the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office is to provide excellent public service by providing complete, accurate and timely assessments of all property subject to taxation….”

Asked why, as a man with technical training and experience (now retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory), he is running for assessor again, he said, “One of the things I really enjoy is public service”—local public service. “I just enjoy it,” he said, and, “I have a wonderful staff….”

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