Bill Hullander announced Monday that he is seeking a second term as county trustee.
The former County Commission member defeated incumbent Carl Levi in the last election.
Mr. Hullander said, "Today I’m announcing my candidacy for re-election to the position of Hamilton County Trustee. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the citizens of Hamilton County. More importantly, I believe that my lifetime of experiences as a private businessman, a seasoned public servant, and an involved community leader make me the ideal person to serve as County Trustee. Because of that, I am asking for everyone’s vote and support to continue serving for another four years.
"In partnership with my wife Linda, we founded Hullco Exteriors in 1978 and successfully operated the company until 2008. As small business owners we learned first-hand the importance of hard work, commitment to excellence and, most importantly, being fiscally responsible.
"Prior to being elected as Trustee in 2010, I served 12 years as county commissioner for District 9. During my tenure as a commissioner I served as chairman, vice chairman, and on several committees including county finance. I worked closely with fellow commissioners, county leaders and the taxpayers of Hamilton County to encourage growth in our county.
"Throughout all of my years of work in both the private and public sectors, I have maintained a strong commitment to community leadership. To facilitate and encourage strong citizen-led communities, I have been and remain actively involved in several civic community-based programs. I have also served and continue to serve on several local, regional and state boards. I am a Gideon and a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church where I enjoy an extended Christ-centered family.
"Through many years operating a successful private business, serving the citizens of Hamilton County, and maintaining an active role in civic organizations, I have learned through direct experience that the most effective way to strengthen our communities and the families within those communities is through the cooperative efforts of private business, involved civic organizations and appropriate government involvement. At the same time, I am conservative and believe that the government’s role should be as limited as possible. The government must also strive to be effective and efficient while performing this limited role. It has been my mission and my goal to put those conservative ideals into practice throughout my many years of public service.
"During my tenure as trustee, I have streamlined several trustee functions and successfully reorganized our office staff and their duties. I have also extended office hours to better accommodate working taxpayers. These changes have resulted in far more productive and efficient office operations.
"I have also strived to make the payment of taxes as painless as possible in today’s difficult economic climate. As Trustee, I have a legal duty to collect taxes for Hamilton County. In performing that task over the past few years, it has become very apparent that today’s economy presents many financial challenges to both the county and to its taxpayers. Because of that, I’m a firm believer that it is necessary to be as flexible and creative as possible in our collection methods and office practices. One of the first initiatives that I implemented upon taking office was the ability to make partial payments on tax bills. This policy gives taxpayers more flexibility in budgeting tax payments and often helps ease the potential burden of making a large lump-sum payment. This added flexibility can be invaluable to taxpayers, and it has allowed the clerk & master’s office to make this option available for many taxpayers facing tax collection litigation. Throughout my initial term, I have always maintained an open-door policy to sit down with any taxpayer to discuss partial payment or other options that might be available to help ease the burden of paying taxes in today’s difficult financial times. I believe this approach to tax collection provides significant benefits to both the County and its valued taxpayers, and I will continue to make every effort to make the payment of taxes as painless and convenient as it can be.
"But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. The changes I have made as trustee have been effective. During my tenure, the trustee’s office has saved tax dollars and turned over more than 20 million dollars in excess fees to the county general budget.
"I am inspired by the words of Ronald Reagan, who said that government must “live in the real world of reduced spending, streamlined functions and accountability to the people it serves.” Those words are as true today as when he spoke them, and I will continue to operate the trustee’s office by those principals. I have been honored to serve as your county trustee for the past three years and I humbly ask for your support and vote to allow me to serve you another term."