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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fong Names Leadbetter State Supervisor of Assessments

BISMARCK, N.D. Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today announced Linda Leadbetter as the new State Supervisor of Assessments in the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner. Leadbetter will replace Marcy Dickerson who will retire on June 30 after having served the Tax Department for 37 years.

"Linda brings to the Tax Department a strong background in local finance as well as essential experience working with property owners, and local and state leaders from across North Dakota," said Fong. "Most recently, Linda's experience at Steele County enabled her to be extensively engaged in the formation of key policies and tax-related initiatives, including working on matters related to property taxes."

"I am excited for the opportunity to expand my understanding of the property tax system and to provide support to those who work with property tax administration at various levels," said Leadbetter.

As the Steele County Auditor for 18 years, Leadbetter has served as chief financial officer for the county and has been involved in all aspects of the operations of Steele County, including as liaison with the county commission and communicating with the public and other local, state, and federal officials. In addition to her responsibilities as County Auditor, Leadbetter also served as Deputy Tax Director and worked as Acting Director of Tax Equalization when there were vacancies in that position. As County Auditor, Leadbetter was responsible for staff management, financial reporting, and working with political subdivisions on budget development, mill levy limitations, property tax exemptions, homestead tax credit, disabled veterans' credit, along with the various other property tax-related programs. She also developed training programs for county officials and the public, and has been involved in a variety of other local funding projects.

Fong said, "Linda's experience and her thorough knowledge of the state's property tax system, including assessment processes, are valuable assets for the Tax Department as we work with property owners, taxpayers, citizens, local officials, and state policy makers across the state."

Leadbetter graduated from Valley City State with a degree in business and personnel management. Leadbetter has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the North Dakota County Auditors Association and as Secretary/Treasurer for the East Central County Commissioners Association.

As State Supervisor, Leadbetter will serve as a liaison to property owners, local governments, and state officials on property tax issues. In addition, she will manage and direct the Property Tax Division of the Tax Department and will oversee special projects and initiatives relating to property taxation, as well as assist in related policy development, research, and education.

Fong said Leadbetter will begin her new position on August 1.

Taxpayers can stay up-to-date on North Dakota tax-related matters by visiting the Tax Department's web site at www.nd.gov/tax or connecting with the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

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