The unifying message, Beyer said, is “kind of ‘What you’re getting for your tax dollars.’”
Brandt and Depuydt won’t necessarily feel all warm and fuzzy when they send in their property-tax payments this month. But they said the academy provided them with a much deeper understanding of where the money is going and a belief that the staff is a dedicated bunch.
“I’ve gotten to realize just the depth and breadth of responsibility and the areas the county’s involved with,” Brandt said.
And he and his classmates have had a chance to grill county employees a bit about how things are done.
“We keep getting told we’re a very inquisitive group,” Brandt said.
Which might be a prerequisite personality trait to sign up for the academy. Still, the academy has attracted a cross-section of the county population over the years — retired folks, college students, middle-aged couples, a variety of business people, Beyer said.
People interested in joining the 2014 class can contact Beyer by calling the public relations office at the historic courthouse or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.