Category: Government

Larimer County Assessor: Bob Overbeck

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Age: 55

How long in Larimer County: 17 years

Family: Blessed to share life with the love of my life, four kids 9 to 20, one Labrador and four cats.

Work experience: Have been a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) and a member of the National Futures Association since 1983. I have spent my career ensuring accuracy and advocating for fairness, transparency and accountability in government. Started education on the trading floor as a runner in the Chicago Mercantile exchange, completed a degree in business administration, then moved on to be a floor broker and trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Board of Trade and Minneapolis Grain Exchange. I understand the value of our dollars.

Community involvement: Current Fort Collins City Council member.

Is there anything voters should know about the Assessor position and how you would approach it?
It is the responsibility of the county assessors to accurately evaluate property for the purpose of assessing and collecting property taxes. I am running for county assessor to ensure that property valuations are done right the first time, no one pays more than their fair share in taxes, and the office of the assessor upholds the level of transparency, accuracy and accountability that taxpayers deserve.

What impact do you think Amendment 73 would have on county homeowners and revenues?
According to the amendment language, Amendment 73 would lower and freeze residential and commercial property tax assessments for the K-12 education portion of your property taxes. The Colorado legislative council has said that this will have no impact for the county or other special districts. This is a question that is left up to the voters to decide, because it is their role to tell us where and how they want their dollars to be spent. In my role as assessor, I will ensure that property valuations are done right the first time, no one pays more than their fair share in taxes, and the office of the assessor upholds the level of transparency, accuracy and accountability that taxpayers deserve. The process must improve and that’s my singular focus.

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Fort Collins Wins Coveted Presidential Award For Performance Excellence

The city of Fort Collins has won the national Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award for performance excellence, realizing its multiyear pursuit of the presidential award.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the winners Thursday.

Fort Collins was the only city to receive the award, and is the only the third city to win in the award’s history. Other recipients were Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Stellar Solutions of Palo Alto, California, Castle Medical Center in Hawaii and Southcentral Foundation, in the health-care sector in Anchorage, Alaska.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called City Manager Darin Atteberry to tell him personally about the award. Several city employees gathered in City Council chambers to get the news from Mayor Wade Troxell and other council members.

 “It is a great privilege to serve this community, and I look forward to continuing our excellence journey,” Atteberry said. “I am overflowing with gratitude for the Fort Collins community that aspires to a high-performing local government and innovative government.”

For now, the city will take a pause and celebrate and “appreciate each other and the community and the whole team,” Atteberry said.

He equated the feeling to football teams winning the Super Bowl and popping the champagne in the locker room. “Some people go home and watch game tapes and get up and go to practice. I just want to get on the field again with the team.”

The city will receive the examiners’ feedback report in December. “Getting the report and continuously improving is the mantra,” Atteberry said.

Fort Collins began applying for the Baldrige Award on the state level in 2011 and achieved its highest state level in 2014, allowing it to apply for the national Baldrige Award in 2015.

The award is given by the president to organizations that are outstanding in leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, analysis, knowledge management, workforce, operations and results.

The city has paid about $100,000 in each of the past two years pursuing the award, money it says is well worth the improvements and efficiency that have resulted from the 500 to 1,000 hours of scrutiny it gets from Baldrige examiners.

Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies won a Baldrige Award in 2008 after eight years of trying. Boulder-based Elevations Credit Union was a recipient in 2014.

Fort Collins was among 14 finalists for the award.

“Fort Collins is a wonderful community in many ways including having a high performing city government,” Mayor Wade Troxell said in the city’s press release announcing the award. “Achieving performance excellence helps us provide world class municipal services through operational excellence and a culture of innovation. Our citizens and businesses are the inspiration behind this pursuit.”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “when companies implement the ground-tested Baldrige approach, they create organizations that employees and customers love, that continually improve and that produce innovative and outstanding results.”

The Baldrige committee said Fort Collins has a Aaa credit rating and ranks in the top 10 percent of cities nationally as a place to live and work, and for quality of culture and recreation, job opportunities, air quality and attractiveness. It ranks in the top 1 percent for drinking water quality and emergency preparedness.

The 2017 Baldrige Awards will be presented in April at the Baldrige Program’s 30th annual Quest for Excellence conference in Baltimore. It is customary for the president to present the awards, although Vice-President Joseph Biden presented the award to PVH.