Working for Colorado. Working for Our Communities. Working for You.
The reason I am running for State Treasurer is to serve our state, our communities, and most importantly you the taxpayer. I will manage our state's finances like you manage your household. That means responsible spending, eliminating waste and making the right decisions for the future of our state.
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I’m not a career politician. First and foremost, I’m a ranchwife and mother. My husband, Gary, operates a family cattle ranch with his twin brother outside of McCoy in southern Routt County where we raised our two daughters Abbey and Izabel. The Raymond Horn Ranch has been in the family since 1964, running close to 500 cow/calf pairs in the high country. Our daughters grew up on the ranch raising 4-H sheep and steers and running their successful soap business, Bubble Creek Soap. I’m a first responder and the fire chief for the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department. And, I’m proud to serve as the Treasurer of Routt County.
We all know how important the job of State Treasurer is, because we all know the importance of managing our household finances. Each one of us has to set priorities, spend responsibly, live within our means and try to set aside money for the future. Our state treasury is no different. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work in the Treasurer's Office, setting priorities and making the important distinction between wants and needs. You should expect nothing less from me as our next Treasurer. It's my commitment to you, the taxpayer, that I will work tirelessly to ensure that our state's fiscal house is in order. If I find that it isn't, I will do whatever it takes to correct it. Just like you would in your own home.
In 2016, I faced a difficult decision as Treasurer of Routt County. The largest employer and largest property taxpayer in the county filed for bankruptcy in April. With any bankrupt company, there is always a question of whether creditors like Routt County would receive the property tax payment. I was not surprised when the company was late on its tax payment, but I was disappointed to see that the check was light – this company chose not to pay more than $91,000 in penalties and interest, but wanted me to accept the check as payment in full. To be clear, Colorado law does not allow County Treasurers to waive penalty and interest. Some in my community suggested that I just look the other way, accept the smaller check, and move forward. I could not in good conscience cut a break to a multi-national company when I could not do that for a single mother struggling to get current on her taxes. I sent the check back, and we proceeded to reach an agreement. Real leadership means that we have to take heat for our decisions sometimes. Personally, I didn't enter politics to make friends - I did it to make a difference.
Serving as Treasurer, I know firsthand the importance of protecting the hard earned dollars of taxpayers. One of my first projects as Treasurer was to establish a brand new Standard Operating Manual for the Treasurer’s Office. I have added many new checks and balances, and provided cross training for all duties and responsibilities in the office. Once those procedures were in place, I used my experience as a cost controller and cost analyst to increase efficiencies swiftly so we could get the Treasurer’s Office back on track. Now, we work daily with other county departments to ensure that they are following the checks and balance we’ve put in place.
The reason I am running for Colorado Treasurer is to serve our state, our communities, and most importantly you the taxpayer. My determination to serve others runs deep in my soul. It's how I was raised. Be grateful for what you have and give back more. While living in Washington D.C., I served those less fortunate at soup kitchens each night after work. It was there that my passion to serve others was ignited. I am energized by serving others, and I would be honored to serve as our next State Treasurer and to work hard for our state and our communities.
My passion for service has propelled me to several positions of service and leadership in my community:
I have worked in the finance world since the 1980s. After graduating from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, I served in both finance management and accounting, working for Westin hotels in Washington D.C. and Vail, Hyatt Beaver Creek, and Pepi's Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer & Restaurant in Vail Village. Additionally, I have also served as treasurer for the Routt County Fair Board and treasurer of the Yampa Valley Heritage Foundation. Since 2014, I have proudly served as the elected Treasurer of Routt County.
Brita Horn 4 Colorado
1625 Mid Valley Dr. Unit 1-140
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 549-0820
It’s time to roll up our sleeves at the State Treasurer’s Office and do right by Colorado taxpayers by making sure that we can find better ways in government to do more with less, and making sure that your dollars are going where you voted for them to go. As Routt County Treasurer, I created a Standard Operating Manual to solve these issues for my community, and I’m uniquely qualified to do the same for our state.
Our state Public Employee Retirement Association is making promises to retirees and members that Colorado might not be able to keep. We are at risk with the cost for our communities.
We have to make PERA sustainable for Colorado. Stopping short of that goal would be a great disservice to future generations in our great state. No problem is too big, and my history of relentless pursuit of sound, principled approaches to solve complex issues is just the kind of commitment that we need in the State Treasurer’s Office.
As a mother of two daughters educated in our public schools, and as a substitute teacher in the South Routt School District, I understand the challenges that often face public schools. I also understand the incredible positive impact they can have in our communities. As State Treasurer, I will do whatever it takes to prioritize funding for our schools without breaking our state finances.
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