Treasurer change won't affect property tax process

While Kitsap County Treasurer Barbara Stephenson seeks to move to a new post as the financial services director for the City of Bremerton, her office is continuing to prepare to mail out property statements on Feb. 14.

The statements, traditionally sent in a pink envelope, will have StephensonÕs name on the return address, even if she may be in her new job by then.

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent announced Stephenson's appointment just after the new year, expecting that it would be approved at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting.

But the council asked for more time to consider the action.

Stephenson now expects her appointment to be approved at the Jan. 20 council meeting, and that she would leave office in mid-February.

Stephenson has recommended her deputy, Vickie Fick, to serve as interim treasurer until a replacement is named.

Fick has said she has no intention to seek appointment or election to the job after the interim period.

Stephenson was first elected to the treasurer's post in 2002 after serving as executive director of the Kitsap County United Way.

She was re-elected in 2006 and planned to run for a third term this year when Lent called her with the Bremerton opportunity.

At least half of the tax bill must be postmarked by April 30, with the second half due by Oct. 31.

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