CPA Latest To Challenge Santa Clara County Assessor
Silicon Valley’s high housing costs are personal for Chartered Accountant Andrew Crockett. He’s running for the county assessor to help fix it.
“One of my Masonic brethren lives in a two-car garage and considers himself lucky to have an uninsulated two-car garage to call his home,” Crockett, a member of Masonic Lodge of San José No. 10, told the San José Spotlight. “It’s him, it’s his wife, it’s his newborn baby a month ago living in a garage… It’s a valley of genius. It is a problem that we are able to solve.
Crockett, a 35-year-old man who grew up in Monterey County, is the last challenger seven-term Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone, who will be re-elected next year. He is also an assessor, although his certification is currently inactive.
If elected, the local accountant said he hopes to resolve part of the housing crisis using the Office of the Appraiser.
“Among the positions available, the appraiser’s office is the endpoint for every transfer of ownership that takes place in this county,” said Crockett. “The overlap of all these jurisdictions makes the office of the assessor the most logical position to really take a stand for homeownership and take this bull by the horns.”
The appraiser is responsible for determining the value of all properties in Santa Clara County and also provides property tax information to the public. The office has no term limit.
Francisco Ramos, a delegate from the state Democratic Party’s central committee that has organized with Crockett in the past, said the candidate had “the breadth and experience” to know what the job requirements are.
“He can also understand budgets, spreadsheets – all the financial cogs of the office to really try to make the change needed for Santa Clara County,” Ramos said.
Crockett’s top priorities are asking the office to look at solutions to ensure residents can afford to live in the county, and creating more sustainable policies to account for any impact that property may have on climate change. . He undertakes to apply the standards in the office set by the Sustainable Accounting Standards Council, a non-profit organization that establishes practices that allow businesses and organizations to track decisions with their carbon footprint in mind.
“Imagine a future in this county where every time you went for county service… you knew any service you received there was carbon neutral,” Crockett said. “We are going to be responsible stewards of this planet that we have. The assessor’s office is only a small part of this planet.
Stone has won every election for County Assessor since 1994. In addition to Crockett, Stone will run against Engineer Gary Kremen, vice president of The water of the valley and founder of the dating site Match.com.
Stone called Crockett a “nice guy,” but claimed he had the most experience in the candidate field.
“I have been working in the field of real estate investment and development for almost 50 years. I know this business, ”Stone told the San José Spotlight. “I can’t create a scenario where someone with my background, my experience, could possibly lose this election.”
Stone claims to have saved the county $ 21.3 million through tax-conservative measures and dramatically increased racial and ethnic diversity in his office.
While Crockett recognizes Stone as the man to beat in this election, he has said he is ready to endure “whatever happens to me” to make sure people can afford to live where they are. have grown.
“I became incredibly present to the fact that I couldn’t call (Monterey County) my home as an adult,” Crockett said. “I see this happening to so many other people who grew up here. Santa Clara County is their home. I want them to keep their house.
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