I am Bev Lower, and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I am 43 and live in Rural Aledo. I attended high school at Rockridge. After graduating, I studied accounting at Blackhawk College. I married Matt Lower in 1995, and we have three lovely daughters who attend Mercer County Schools.
I began working with Mercer County in March 2000 in the circuit clerk's office doing all of the financial accounting; paying out all state and county treasurer, municipalities, and restitution; balancing bank statements; overseeing thousands of court cases involving thousands of dollars in fines and fees, all while interacting with Mercer County citizens.
In November 2012, I moved to the county treasurer's office, where I am currently deputy treasurer. Duties include working with software for banking, cash management and tax collecting. I am responsible for all county departments, including county investments and working with an approximate $11 million budget.
I have assumed responsibilities of the treasurer's duties as of August 2013, such as collecting taxes, distributing taxes, bankruptcies, forfeitures and sale in errors. I have overseen the tax delinquent publications and tax sale. The treasurer's office is responsible for the delinquent tax sale in November.
I love small-town living, where there are so many opportunities to make a difference in our communities, and knowing so many wonderful people.
I want to ensure the Mercer County citizens that if elected, I will keep the office economically efficient. I already incorporated so many changes, therefore if elected there will be no lag in service. I already have the training and experience it takes to do the job of treasurer. I look forward to staying on a path that will be successful to the county and county citizens.
As voters go to the polls on March 18, I hope they take into consideration: Who is the best person for the job?
-- Utilizing our software to its maximum ability, keeping tax collections and distributions efficient.
-- Keeping financial software upgraded for better budgeting, reporting, investing and bank reconciliation.
-- My main priority is to serve the Mercer County citizens to the best of my ability, with an open-door policy, making the citizens feel comfortable to come in the office and ask questions.
Name: Bev Lower
Hometown: Rural Aledo
Education: Graduated Rockridge High School, studied accounting at Blackhawk College.
Occupation: Acting Mercer County Treasurer. Previously worked in the Mercer County Circuit Clerk's Office doing the office financial accounting.