Another assessor retiring

FLINT TWP. — Ronna Gettel, assistant assessor, has formally submitted her letter of retirement to the township board of trustees.

Gettel said her last day of work will be December 3 but her employment will continue until she has used accrued vacation time and any other unused days.

“Thank you for all the wonderful years at Flint Township.” Gettel said. “It has been a wonderful place to work.”

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said Gettel has worked for the township more than 25 years and that a proclamation honoring her service will be presented at a future board meeting.

Gettel’s retirement will complete almost a total turnover in the assessing department in recent years.

William Fowler, assessor, has been on board about two years. He was hired September 4, 2013, replacing Amede Hungerford who retired after many years of service.

In May of this year, Nermina Vidovic, a 12-year employee resigned, stating plans to move out of state.

To replace her, the board hired a new appraiser in August, in a split vote. Staffing the assessment department has been a point of contention among board trustees since a Feasibility Study con- ducted in 2012 suggested saving money by merging some services with Swartz Creek and Mundy Township.

Trustee Barb Vert and Belenda Parker have opposed recent assessment hires that were approved by the township board. Both have said they prefer implementing suggestions from the Feasibility Study to downsize the department.

Fowler has said that many changes have been implemented in the department including reassigning duties and training clerical staff to perform work that freed up time for the professional staff.

Township property assessment information is now posted online, accessible to residents, business owners and others.

Assessment department duties include identifying property owners, determining the taxable value real and personal property in the township, producing annual tax rolls and maintaining various property records and descriptions.

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