Bowden seeks election as write-in

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By John Barnhart

    Pam Bowden, a local real estate paralegal, would like to be Bedford County’s next commissioner of the revenue.
    Bowden is lifelong Bedford County native. She’s a Liberty High School graduate and a 2003 Averett University graduate, graduating suma cum laude with a degree in business administration.
    There was quite a gap between her high school and college years.
    “I went back when my kids went to college,” she said.
    This was an interesting time for her as she went to the same college they did.
    “We had a lot of the same professors,” Bowden said.
    Bowden has worked as a real estate paralegal for more than a decade. She handles the entire closing end of for refinancing and closing loans. She also does some title and deed research work. Prior to that, she worked for three years at Bedford Federal, doing the bank end of the same sort of transactions that she now works on.
    She believes this experience will help her, if elected as commissioner of the revenue, because the major part of local revenue comes from the real estate tax.
    Appraisals of real estate and assessments both try to determine the market value of a property. An appraisal is done to determine the current value of a property when somebody is trying to get a loan to buy it, or refinance an existing loan.
    Bowden said assessments are done every four years and are based on market sales data. The board of supervisors hires a firm to do this and, in Bedford County, Wingate & Associates, in Roanoke, has traditionally been the assessor hired to do the work here.
    Bowden notes that doing a tax assessment in Bedford County is a lot of work. The county is the size of the state of Rhode Island. She added that, to her knowledge, there is no company in the county that does this sort of work.
    She is running a write-in campaign. This is because she gave a lot of thought about whether she wanted to do this and, therefore missed the deadline to get on the ballot.