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February 22, 2014

Candidates discuss issues at recent political forum

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PALESTINE —

As for changes she would make, Sessions said she wanted to update the old records and make them accessible to the community through a public computer in the office – a station that was pulled during Staples’ term.

“For four years we have been playing the blame game and blaming this problem on everyone. I believe that it’s time to stop blaming and start fixing that problem,” Sessions said.

As for other changes, she said the office needed to increase its hours of operation in order to be more available for taxpayers.

“I believe that office needs to open at 7:30 in the morning and I believe that the office needs to be open during the lunch hour.”

In response, as far as new implementations are concerned, Staples said the biggest thing she is looking to do is carry on with efforts in e-filing, per a Supreme Court mandate that all documents be filed electronically by 2015.

“The software company that we are now using is also the company that is handling the e-filing. We have that to look forward to, we have some training to do, we also are looking forward to restoring some of our older books.”

Staples said the office did not currently have the budget to update records until the fund for restoring archives could build up.

“The office is very well-run, we have a great staff, very friendly, always willing to help in any way that we possibly can,” she said, “and if there’s anything you should ever need, just let us know.”

Sessions said she wanted the public to know she was a work-a-holic and would give above and beyond to ensure “that the job is done.”

“I believe it’s time for a new set of eyes, a new set of goals,” Sessions said.

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