Isle of Wight Treasurer candidate profile: Dahlis Atkins

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Editor’s note: Dahlis Atkins is running against Julie Slye for Isle of Wight County treasurer. The Smithfield Times sent the following questionnaire to both candidates.

Age: 53
Occupation: Interim Treasurer for Isle of Wight County

1. What inspired you to run for treasurer?

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I aspire to hold the position of Treasurer in Isle of Wight County, as it would allow me to impact the community positively. My career in public service spans over 22 years, during which I have served as Chief Deputy and Interim Treasurer. I have always been available to assist taxpayers in any way possible. With my extensive leadership experience and necessary skill set, I am confident in my ability to excel as Treasurer. My focus will be ensuring prompt delivery of bills, efficient collection of payments, and handling of County funds and investments with the highest level of security.

2. What if any changes would you make if elected?

If I am elected, my main focus will be to improve communication with the public. Our objective is to inform taxpayers about their different payment options. Customers can go through our website or directly speak with our office. We are exploring mobile apps and considering using QR codes on tax documents. It will enable taxpayers to access payment options or quickly obtain tax information. We are also looking into streamlining the billing process so that we can send them to the public more efficiently. Additionally, we are considering developing a registered email list so customers can receive their tax bills ahead of the standard mailing process.

3. How can technology be used to make the office more efficient and accessible to citizens?

Throughout my 22-year tenure in local government, I have witnessed firsthand the rapid implementation of innovative ideas and new technologies. I aim to modernize and enhance our payment systems. It will include integrating mobile apps and online payment options with our current citizen self-service system and implementing an online payment screen to make services more efficient for taxpayers. We will still accept conventional payment options such as checks, cash, and money orders. Our data management system is undergoing an ongoing upgrade to ensure that all payments are processed efficiently and securely. Our unwavering commitment to improving our process ensures you can rest easy knowing that your transactions are in good hands.