Branford 2021 election: Roberta Gill-Brooks for tax collector


BRANNORD, CT – The state municipal election is Tuesday, November 2.

Patch has reached out to candidates to answer questions about their campaigns.


Democrat Roberta Gill-Brooks, 58, is running for Branford’s tax collector.

Occupation: Tax Collector, Branford

To live: Tax Collector, Branford

Family in government: No

The biggest problem in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:

If re-elected, I intend to continue delivering exceptional customer service, work to make paying taxes easier and more convenient, and focus on options for collecting outstanding taxes. more aggressive.

Critical differences between me and my opponents:

The critical difference between me and my opponent is simply the experience of this job during this time. The Branford tax office is in a rebuilding phase following the retirement of veteran workers who took all their experience with them. This is not a job that can be mastered in just a year or two — it takes years and years of experience and training, and it would be detrimental for the City to change the direction of the tax office at this time. , and when staff are still early in their learning and performance in tax collection. A change in leadership at this time would result in a NEW tax collector / manager with less experience than staff members with less than a year of experience.

Achievements:

I have 4 years under my belt learning the intricacies of tax collection and have taken and passed all required courses to be eligible for state certification, which will take place in December 2021. The Tax Office of Branford lost all of its veteran employees during my tenure. As a result, the tax office staff had to rebuild from scratch. Despite being understaffed for long periods of time, being asked to do more with less, managing tax collection via Covid-19 and the governor’s decree for tax deferral, I led this office I have devoted myself to great customer service and got rid of some of the outdated tax collection methods from the office. All of this was accomplished by maintaining a tax collection rate of over 98%, and we did everything with courtesy and respect. There is a very steep learning curve for this job and while there have been challenges and mistakes along the way, I am committed to continuing to strengthen the efficiency of the tax office and make it more accessible and convenient for Branford taxpayers.

Other issues:

As a collector, not only do I work for the City, but I also work for the taxpayers. I do my best to advocate for their interests, educate them on the rules and statutes of tax collection, and keep a close eye to make sure taxpayers are properly billed, and do my best to make sure that Taxpayer rights are taken into account, and just as much as tax laws are observed. I really care about my taxpayers and do everything I can to help them in any way I am allowed to.

What would you want voters to know about you?

I’m not the “yes” type. I’m not just telling people what they want to hear. I speak the truth to power and speak up and stand up when I witness something that I think is unfair or inappropriate and even if it means being alone.


Esther L. Steinbach