A flyer made its way around the internet Monday that said former state Sen. Bill Kintner will be a candidate for Sarpy County assessor, and asking for voters' support on May 15. 

Kintner responded to a Journal Star question via text on whether he was a candidate this way: "I have been approached by many taxpayers about running for the Sarpy County assessor. I am seriously considering doing it."

Kintner said he is talking and listening to people as he goes door-to-door in the county. 

The flyer that is circulating says "Kintner for Assessor" and that he is running. It is paid for by Citizens for Kintner, and gives his Papillion address. 

It quotes him as saying, "If you entrust me with your vote on May 15th, I will insist that each employee of the assessor's office treat the taxpayers like the important and valuable customers that they are, rather than servants of big government." 

It also quotes President Calvin Coolidge, saying, "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."

Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman, who will also be a candidate for the job in 2018, his 20th year in the position, said he knew only that Kintner took the assessor's exam.

"You've just got to assume when someone does that, that their intentions are to run for assessor," Pittman said. 

Still, he said, it would surprise him. 

"It was just a short time ago he was in the public trust and he was asked to leave. And now he's asking to hold another government office," he said. "It just surprised me."

Kintner resigned from the Legislature in January after years of complaints about his behavior in office, a cybersex scandal, and calls from many for him to resign, including from Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sarpy County politicians, which he resisted.

The last straw was his retweet of a California radio host's post mocking a photo of three women protesting Donald Trump's hot-mic moment from 2005, in which he joked about grabbing women. That caused one state senator after another to stand up on the legislative floor and pressure Kintner to quit.

Pittman said when Kintner was a senator he probably heard from a lot of unhappy agricultural land owners because of their land values. Pittman met with him once when he was a senator to discuss legislation.

Both men are Republicans. 

The assessor is responsible for the valuation of property in each county, because local services rely on property taxes for funding. He or she follows state law on assessments and conveys those to the county board, which has the ultimate authority on interpretation on such things as exemptions. 

"This is the place to be for an assessor 'cause it's the fastest-growing county in the state," Pittman said. "Development's just very robust."

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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