It has been more than 20 years since LaRue County had a new property valuation administrator or PVA.
The PVA is an officer of the Department of Revenue. Duties include appraising and assessing all real and tangible property in the county.
Longtime PVA James Q. “Jim” Shaw, a Democrat, filed for re-election this year – but withdrew from the race just before filing deadline.
That leaves two Democratic contenders for the race: Scotty Lee and Chad Puyear. The race will be decided in the May 20 primary as there are no Republican candidates.
Both men hold a certificate of qualification from the Department of Revenue required of anyone seeking the office of PVA.
Lee, 51, is a 1980 graduate of LaRue County High School and 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in production agriculture.
He and his wife, Robin, have three children, Laura Clopton, Ashley Scott and Jud Lee, and three grandchildren.
The family has lived and worked in LaRue County for the past 20 years, owning and operating Lee’s Garden Center and a farm. They own also Cedar Valley Produce.
They are members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and have been active in the community, coaching and working with youth sports and other organizations.
Lee has served on several county and state committees including LaRue County Park and Recreation, library board and LaRue County Farm Bureau board. He now serves on the Extension District Board, Extension Board, LaRue County Beef Association and LaRue County Agricultural Policy Board. He has held a real estate broker’s license and auction license.
Lee served as a magistrate for 21 years. He was manager of the Southern States in Springfield and owner/broker at Hometown Realty for several years.
Lee said his past experience in real estate makes him “uniquely qualified” for the position of PVA.
“I have a long history of farming and knowledge in agriculture experience with a University of Kentucky degree in agriculture. I have successfully taken the state PVA exam each time (it was) offered the last six years. Robin and I have a life-long history of listening and working with people in our community.”
Puyear, 44, is a life-long resident of LaRue County.
He graduated from LCHS in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 1993.
He and wife, Lori, have four sons, Kenny, Taylor, Chase and Bryson; and a granddaughter.
He has been employed for 20 years at Herb Jones Chevrolet in Elizabethtown in various roles including sales representative, finance and insurance manager and new vehicle manager. He has served as general manager for the past six years.
He is a member of First Baptist Church in Hodgenville, serves on the board of trustees for the Lincoln Museum, member of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, and a participant in this year’s Leadership LaRue class offered by the Chamber.
“I believe my experiences, interactions with customers, and responsibilities of my current occupation over the past 20 years will benefit me greatly in areas of customer service, appraising, accessing real estate and personal property, working with other county officials and offices, and interpreting and applying state programs,” said Puyear.
About the PVA
From “Duties of Elected County Officials” by the Legislative Research Commission
The office of property valuation administrator or PVA is a successor in Kentucky to the offices of county tax commissioner and county assessor.
The office of county assessor first became a constitutional office in the Kentucky Constitution of 1850.
The office of county assessor was abolished by the General Assembly in 1918 and was replaced by the office of county tax commissioner.
The 1968 General Assembly changed the title of “county tax commissioner” to “property valuation administrator.”
The PVA can be said to be both a state and a local official. He is classified as an officer of the Department of Revenue – yet elected by county voters.
The PVA assumes office on the first Monday in December, after winning election in November, and continues in office for a period of four years.
To be eligible for election, the property valuation administrator candidate must be 24 years old, a citizen of Kentucky, a resident of the state for two years, and a resident in the county of candidacy one year preceding election. He must also pass a written exam by the Department of Revenue.
His duties include appraising and assessing all real and tangible property in the county, and maintaining ownership records.
The PVA is to administrate “ad valorem” taxes. Ad valorem is Latin for “according to value” which bases taxes on the value of the property.
A PVA or deputy visits all property at least once every four years as required by law. He may inspect and measure the exterior of buildings, even if the owner is not at home.
The PVA does not set tax rates or collect taxes.