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Ives-Dykes announces bid for Treasurer

Posted: May 16, 2014 2:05 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Heather Ives-Dykes

Local business owner Heather Ives-Dykes has announced her candidacy to be Kershaw County’s next Treasurer.

“Being a small business owner, I understand very well the need to bring extra revenue into the county’s budget without burdening taxpayers. That’s why I will be pro-active in finding new strategies to improve tax collections, as well as widening our revenue by making smart, effective investments. I will reach out to banks and other financial entities to identify those safe, reliable investments,” Ives-Dykes said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

Ives-Dykes also said she wants to make it easier for citizens to pay taxes, and improve the efficiency and customer service that is provided by the Treasurer’s office.

“I will lead the effort for this office to accept installment payments for real property taxes. This will help a number of seniors and other individuals who don’t have a mortgage nor escrow their taxes,” Ives-Dykes said. “I will also widen the use of technology so people can pay their taxes by mobile devices, like smartphones and iPads. Additionally, the office accepts credit card payments but users of that service have to pay nearly 3 percent more in convenience fees. I would like to add an alternative to the office’s website so an electronic check can be accepted and a flat fee of $5 is charged.”

Ives-Dykes said she would also work to reduce the amount of uncollected taxes and implement more employee cross-training so customers can receive better service from the office.

“When someone doesn’t pay their property taxes, it puts more of a burden on the people who do pay their taxes. I don’t think that’s fair and that’s why I will put a lot of my efforts into reducing the amount of taxes that go uncollected each year,” she said. “Additionally, when a citizen comes to the office, they shouldn’t have to be forced to come back another time because an employee who handles a specific duty is out sick. That’s why I will widen the awareness and abilities of the Treasurer’s office employees.”

A lifetime resident of Kershaw County, Ives-Dykes graduated from Camden High School in 1995. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1999. Married to Duane Dykes for the past 14 years, she is the mother of two children, Lander (11) and Hannah (8).

“My 14 years of business experience, coupled with my dedication to Kershaw County, makes me the ideal candidate to be Treasurer of Kershaw County.  I have the experience we need and the courage to lead. I ask for your support and vote on June 10,” Ives-Dykes said.

Ives-Dykes faces one opponent for the Republican nomination in the June 10 primary. As there is no Democratic candidate for Treasurer, whomever wins the primary will win the election.


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