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Riverview Holiness Church
Stone's returns to its roots - with a twist
Former Montgomery County Treasurer Ellis Meredith, who is also a pastor at Riverview Holiness Church in Ellett, is one of those customers. "That wouldn't suit me, but that'd be up to him," he said.
The Virginia Coalition for Open Government - Attorney General's Opinion 1973-74 #453A
THE HONORABLE ELLIS D. MEREDITH
Treasurer of Montgomery County
Rush will not seek re-election to board
One potential candidate to replace the Montgomery County supervisor is former county treasurer Ellis Meredith. One potential candidate to replace Rush is former county treasurer Ellis Meredith.Meredith retired at the end of January after 31 years as treasurer.He said he hasn't decided if he will seek the Republican nomination yet but the 69-year-old thinks the county needs more board members who have the same beliefs as most of the citizens. "I look at the senior citizens of the county being taxed real heavy," Meredith said."They need someone they can have on that board that can consider their plight." Meredith said he should come to a decision in the next week or two.
Montgomery County commissioner of revenue plans retirement
In 1995, Miller succeeded her mentor by defeating Helen St. Clair, a protege of Treasurer Ellis Meredith, in a hotly contested election.Meredith accused Jordan of neglecting her office's duties while her employees were working on Miller's campaign.Miller refused to comment on any friction between the two offices over the last seven years, saying that they've tried to work together. "The two offices rely on each other, almost like we're webbed together," Miller said."If you don't work together the taxpayer's the one who suffers." Both offices have had difficulty with the county's new software, installed in 1999 by MUNIS Inc. to prevent Y2K problems.
Meredith leaving office after 30 years
Thirty-one years, eight elections and numerous controversies later Meredith has decided to call it quits.Meredith has been the most outspoken critic of the new software over the last three years.Glitches have slowed the processing of tax bills and caused incorrect notices to be sent to taxpayers.While the system has improved over the last year, problems remain and Meredith isn't optimistic that it will ever be straightened out. "The last few years have been the most difficult years that I've spent in the treasurer's office," he said."It's been this long ordeal." But computer problems notwithstanding, Meredith said he enjoyed his time as treasurer. "The nice people by far override the chronic complainers you get," he said. Meredith, pastor at Riverview Holiness Church in Ellett, would ask angry taxpayers to come into his office and discuss their problems.Once they were in his office, they usually calmed down, he said. "Some people would really get fired up, but that's part of the job," he said. Meredith recalled one citi- zen who questioned the appropriateness of the Bible he keeps on his desk. "If this office is too good for that book to be in it then it's too good for me to be in it," he said. Growing up in Giles and Pulaski counties, Meredith said his father taught him not to back down from confrontations if he was right.That attitude planted Meredith in the middle of several controversies during his tenure. He filed lawsuits five times in his first eight years in office against the state compensation board because he believed it wasn't providing his office with enough funds.He won every time with the board settling out of court twice.The board settled again when he filed another suit in 1996 to prevent the board from taking three positions away from his office. That same year a former employee was cleared of a charge of curse and abuse against Meredith stemming from comments she made the day she was fired.Meredith fired Cindy Vanhoozier in November 1995 because she took a treasurer's office document to the commissioner of revenue without his permission.The incident was a day after Commissioner of Revenue Nancy Miller defeated Meredith's protege Helen St. Clair in a hotly contested election.Meredith accused then Commissioner of Revenue Robertine Jordan of neglecting her office's duties while her employees were working on Miller's campaign. But Meredith saved his most public criticism for the board of supervisors in 1988.Tired of hearing complaints from people unhappy with a property tax increase, Meredith posted a sign listing the names and numbers of the four board members who voted for it underneath bold red and blue lettering that read, "Unhappy with your tax increase?" But despite some well-publicized flare-ups Meredith characterized his relationship with the county government as "up and down."He is proud that his office has raised $22.7 million for the county through investments and said he never could have done it without his staff. He plans to spend more time with his 35-year-old daughter, Veronia Esther Meredith.She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis that has led to surgery to replace her hips, knuckles and left knee.He will continue preaching at Riverview Holiness and plans to do plenty of hunting and fishing. "At my age I felt if I was going to enjoy my retirement I had to get out," he said."I'll stay busy."