This clipping from the Citrus County Chronicle is Mr. Gregory’s Endorsement Rebuttal, reprinted below:
Graduating from Castleton University of Vermont in 1977, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Education, I owned and operated an Amoco gas station and general store while I attended college and with an apartment over the store in Whiting VT, it was a perfect fit. Coming down to Citrus County Florida for a winter break I met my future wife, Corl, plans changed and I bought a home in 1978 and have been living in Citrus ever since. My father, Bernard Gregory, a retired Army Sergeant with 22 years in the military, having jumped with the 101st on D Day into Normandy, came to Citrus with my mother, Rita, after I had made Citrus our home. There are now 5 generations of our family who call Citrus home.
I have the unique experience of having worked with 4 different Property Appraiser Administrations with the Property Appraiser office. Starting with Ron Schlutz, Melanie Hensley, Geoffrey Greene and Les Cook, I’ve seen what works and what hasn’t over the 14 years with the office. It is my aim to put the best aspects of each administration into play and by keeping an open door policy with the public addressing their concerns when they should arise.
Before the years at the property appraiser office I ran my own business, Liberty Delivery, with 20 to 30 employees depending on the time of the year. We serviced all of Citrus County and had a contract with Citrus County that was renewed every year for 18 years! That was and is something unheard of today.
As I said to the Citrus County Building Alliance, being the only candidate that has been cross trained in all fields of the Property Appraiser office I offer the complete package for the future of the builders and others who will need that expertise as we transcend these difficult times that lay ahead. I was talking with my barber yesterday she bought a home in Walden Woods and I explained to her about having to buy the yearly stickers for the home, much like getting your vehicle registration renewed each year and because you do not own the land your home is on the land belonging to Walden Woods LLC and even with an amended Tangible Exemption of $25,000 that still left a Tangible tax bill for the owners of the park property of over $107,000 in 2019, subsequently the owners of the homes in the park and those who may be renting homes in the park will see a bill for their share in some form or manner.
Most of you have met people from different areas of business that can do the talk but can’t do the walk, I certainly have, in fact I’ve hired some during the years and having discovered their talk was the only thing they were good at! This is something you certainly don’t want in the property appraiser office. Not only can I do the talk I can do the walk because of being crossed trained in all departments of the property appraiser’s office I know where potential problems may arise before they ever appear. Part two coming soon: CITRUS SLUSH