SWEETWATER COUNTY — Dave Divis has formally announced his intent to run for re-election to the Office of Sweetwater County Assessor.
Divis graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a permanently certified tax appraiser recognized by the Wyoming Department of Revenue and has received over 400 hours of continuing education in the assessment field. He is currently serving as the president of the Wyoming County Assessors Association.
Divis has over 30 years of experience in local government in Sweetwater County. He started in 1991 in the Treasurer’s Office issuing license plates and he is now finishing his first term as the Sweetwater County Assessor. In 2012, Divis was hired as the Chief Deputy Assessor, appointed to fill out Pat Drinkle’s term in February of 2018, and then elected by the voters in November of 2018.
“It has been quite a journey that has given me experience in taxation and assessment that not many people have,” Divis said. “I believe all of this experience allows me to sit down with a taxpayer and explain the entire cycle…from property valuation and assessment, to tax billing and distribution. I really enjoy helping taxpayers understand our valuation/taxation process.”
The valuation numbers tabulated by the Assessor are scrutinized by the Wyoming Department of Revenue and the Wyoming State Board of Equalization on a yearly basis. The Assessor must comply with all statutory requirements for the mean, median, coefficient of dispersion, and price related differential. The Assessor must also be a permanently certified tax appraiser. Along with verifying the statistical requirements, the Wyoming Department of Revenue will audit assessment practices within the county each year to make sure each Assessor is compliant with International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) standards and Department of Revenue rules. The county’s values have always been certified and its audits have always been clean.
“In my tenure as the Sweetwater County Assessor, we have done more with less. In 2016 we had 10 full-time employees and now have 8 full-time and one part-time seasonal position. We are being very careful with taxpayer dollars,” Divis said. “We have been able to leverage taxpayer dollars by using technology. Our E-notice program has over 1,000 taxpayers signed up, which saves on paper and postage and we are utilizing new aerial photography provided by the state.”
“I truly believe I am the most qualified candidate for the position of Sweetwater County Assessor. I have been fiscally conservative in my tenure in the Assessor’s Office and have always been willing to sit down and explain the assessment process to the taxpayers of Sweetwater County,” Divis said. “If elected, I will continue to operate the County Assessor’s Office in a respectful, efficient and transparent manner.”