The topic of drug testing employees in the office also came up during the meeting. Arthur would institute a drug testing policy for all employees in the office, he said.
Currently, only employees who drive county-owned vehicles are drug tested, Hayes said.
However, she said she agreed with a blanket drug testing policy starting with the elected officers themselves.
Hayes said she believed she knew why Arthur brought up the issue of drug testing. A few years back, an employee in the office failed a drug test, and Arthur gave that individual a chance to quit or be fired, he said.
Hayes re-hired the person, Arthur said.
"He is a very qualified individual," Hayes said.
The county also has a policy that states the employee can undergo drug counseling to save his or her job, she said.
"He is drug tested every time, and he passes with flying colors," Hayes said.
Hayes also pointed out that Arthur drug tested only employees who operated county-owned vehicles when he was assessor.
The county's goat fund also was mentioned during the meeting. Owners of goats must register their animals and pay a tax similar to the dog tax, Hayes said.
The money collected is used for predator control in the county, Arthur said.
He also claimed the program was voluntary when he was in office.
"No, it wasn't," Hayes quickly responded.
Arthur served as county assessor from 1997-2009. He was also a Putnam County school bus driver for nine years.
Hayes worked in the assessor's office from 1998 to 2008 before defeating Arthur.
"I'm running so I can serve another four years," she said.
Arthur believes he is better qualified to serve as assessor and that he is a better manager, he said.