There’s a question on the minds of many residents of Portage County right now — are my property taxes going up this year?

Before we can answer this, it’s important to know how the County Auditor determines how much we have to pay in property taxes. Every six years, the Auditor is responsible for re-assessing the values of our properties. The numbers on our next tax bill are based on those assessments. That’s why it’s critical to have an Auditor who operates with complete transparency and accuracy.

Turns out that 2018 is a property tax reassessment year. Some folks are feeling uncertain about whether or not their tax bill will be bigger than it was last year. If you’re one of those people, you can plan to attend a public hearing at the County Administration Building during September and October. Please click here for more information, including hearing dates and times.

When it comes to managing Portage County’s finances and determining how much we pay in property taxes, our residents need an Auditor who will explain clearly and take the uncertainty out of this process. Property taxes don’t need to be a faraway, confusing process. Portage County residents deserve an honest, straightforward voice in local government. That’s why I’m running for Portage County Auditor. 

As a professor and entrepreneur with a real passion for numbers, I have what it takes to bring the auditor’s office into the 21st century by streamlining office operations and making property records easier to locate and understand. I’m ready to start a conversation with the folks about what they need and expect from their local government, and how we can do better.

If we work together, we can have the transparent, efficient local government services that our we all deserve. This November, I hope you’ll stand with me and vote to let the sunshine into the auditor’s office.

Lis Kenneth Regula, Democratic candidate for Portage County Auditor, was endorsed by 314 Action on Monday, August 27. A nonprofit organization, 314 Action backs scientists and STEM professionals running for office. 

Regula is a biologist and ecologist. He has taught at various four-year universities and community colleges, including Hiram College, Ohio University and University of Akron. After graduating high school in 1999, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University. Next, he earned his doctorate in biology from Kent State University. 

In 2016, Regula worked on a contract for NASA, surveying wildlife at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Louis Field. 

If elected, Regula plans to use his scientific background to modernize the auditor’s office to increase efficiency and transparency. 314 Action Regula for Auditor

“I appreciate 314 Action’s endorsement,” Regula said. “The job of auditor requires precision, technical skill and experience with data management. As a scientist, I’ve got these skills and experience. For example, if I’m conducting a property assessment, I can use my data analysis skills to make sure I’m evaluating property values accurately and honestly.”

Director of Communications at 314 Action, Ted Bordelon released the following statement:

“The Trump Administration has made it clear that it will not drop its assault on science and facts. More than ever, our country needs those with scientific training to heed the call and run for public office. Today, 314 Action is proud to stand with these candidates who have pledged to base policy on evidence. Some of the most egregious attacks on science occur at the state and local levels, which is why these candidates and their campaigns are so important in today’s political climate.”

Other Ohio candidates endorsed by 314 Action include Casey Weinstein for Ohio House District 37 and Louise Valentine for Ohio Senate District 19. 

Election Day is November 6. Early voting begins October 10. 

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August 23, 2018

National LGBT Group endorses Lis Kenneth Regula for auditor

KENT — Lis Kenneth Regula, Democratic nominee for Portage County auditor, was endorsed by Victory Fund on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Victory Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides campaign, fundraising and communications support to LGBT candidates for office.

“Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Lis Kenneth Regula for Portage County auditor,” said Victory Fund President and CEO, Annise Parker. “Lis’ plan to modernize Portage County makes him the best candidate for auditor. When he wins in November, Lis will stand as a vital LGBT voice and a diligent leader for all of Portage County.”

Regula’s campaign focuses on updating county systems to help taxpayers save money. By making interactions between county residents and the auditor’s office more efficient, Regula plans to improve public services while reducing costs.

If his campaign is successful, Regula will be the first transgender elected official in Ohio. 

“Being LGBT doesn’t make anyone more or less qualified,” Regula said. “I’m just a guy who happens to be trans, and I’m running because I’ve got ideas about how to successfully manage county finances.”

Regula currently teaches biology at University of Akron. He also runs Edible Kent, a nonprofit which plants edible gardens for public use. For more information about Regula and his campaign, log on to regulaforportageauditor.com.

Lis Kenneth Regula for Auditor: Quick Facts & FAQ

Who is Lis Kenneth Regula?

Lis Kenneth Regula is the Democratic candidate for Portage County Auditor. He’s also a father, scientist, and teacher.

What’s his background?Lis Kenneth Regula and his son, Kenny

Originally from western Ohio, Lis has been a Portage County homeowner for 12 years. After graduating high school in 1999, he became the first person in his family to go to college. He earned degrees from Ohio State and Kent State University. Currently, he teaches biology at University of Akron. He also serves on various nonprofit boards and a city committee. He lives in Kent with his 12-year-old son. 

Why is he running for auditor?

  1. He cares about public service. 
  2. He has the skills for the job.

What’s his experience? 

  • Statistics background
  • Owned his own business
  • Founded and manages a local nonprofit
  • Serves on a committee in the City of Kent
  • Board member of various local groups

What does the auditor do?

The auditor is the top financial manager for Portage County. The auditor makes sure that your tax dollars are spent as they are intended. Basically, the auditor makes sure that Portage County residents get what they pay for. Here’s more detailed info

What’s Lis’ plan for Portage County?

First and foremost, Lis will use his statistics and research background to manage Portage County’s finances with scientific precision. He’s not a politician, he’s a scientist. So, there’s no hidden agenda, no political games, no nonsense. Just keeping track of taxpayers’ money: putting people first. 

Then, the three planks of Lis’ platform:

  1. Modernization
  2. Efficiency
  3. Responsiveness

Lis Kenneth Regula is going to bring Portage County into the 21st century by updating county systems. He will do this efficiently, without raising taxes. Finally, Lis believes that interacting with county government should be simple and convenient. He will use the skills he developed as a business owner and nonprofit leader to provide quick, straightforward service to the people of Portage County.

How can I support Lis’ campaign?

We have volunteer and internship opportunities. You may also make a monetary contribution

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