Donna Gregg Harper of McCarley wants her more than 25 years of experience to work for her community. Harper is running as an independent for the office of Carroll County Tax Assessor/Collector.
Currently the finance director for the City of Grenada, Harper is a former revenue agent with the Mississippi Department of Revenue.
“I currently oversee a $12 million general fund budget for the city as well as a $4.5 million water budget, a $1 million budget for the Grenada Airport, and a $1 million budget for Dogwoods Golf Course,” Harper said. “I have recently executed $6 million in general obligation bonds and a special tourism tax for Grenada’s sports complex following a referendum by Grenada’s citizens. My knowledge of creating and maintaining a budget, establishing millage rates, as well as tax assessments comes from more than 25 years of hands-on experience. I want that knowledge and experience to work for the community I call home.”
Harper and her husband live in the McCarley community.
“We love Carroll County,” Harper said. “I love the community, and I want to do my part in making it even better. I believe I am the better choice for Carroll County Tax Assessor/Collector for the future of Carroll County.”
Harper said she wants to create a “modern and professional office.”
“Professionalism and accountability is very important to me, and I will operate the tax office with that mentality,” Harper said.
Harper also wants citizens to feel comfortable coming into the tax office and asking questions about their tax obligations and assessments.
“I want the office to be a place where people can come in and get an explanation if they need it,” she said. “I want people to feel comfortable asking questions about what makes up their assessment and how to appeal an assessment if needed. We need to educate the public more on their tax obligations.”
Harper said she would also like to see more effort put into modernizing the tax office by establishing online payment options and digital property records for citizens to view online at their convenience.
“Not everyone is looking for an online option, but it should be an option for those who can’t come to the office each month,” she said. “We need to be more user-friendly to the taxpayers, and that means to allow them to conduct business online or during the lunch hour if needed.”
Married to Mike Harper, the couple have three adult children, Lauren Martin, Houston Harper, and Caleb Herring, and four grandchildren, Shelby, Olivia, Martha, and Vincent.
“I am asking the citizens of Carroll County to look at my experience and knowledge and give me the opportunity to put it to work for Carroll County,” Harper said. “I would be honored to serve as your Carroll County Tax Assessor/Collector.”
To contact Harper with questions, comments, or suggestions, you may call her at 662-809-2654 or email her at email@example.com.