On Aug. 4, 2016, the voters of Hamilton County blessed me with their confidence and support to serve as their Assessor of Property.
When running for this office, I made a promise to bring a conservative business approach to county government and modernize the Assessor's Office so its more efficient, accountable and responsive to the evolving needs of all property owners and taxpayers.
During the past three years, I have work hard every day to fulfill this promise. In doing so, we have made tremendous progress in modernizing and improving the Assessor's Office to ensure every property assessment is fair, transparent and reflects the fair market value of the property according to recent sales in the area.
Some of my accomplishments since taking office include:
- Since taking office in Nov. 2017, I have reduced my budget every year -- saving taxpayers more than $500,000.
- Eliminated the take-home vehicle policy and decreased the overall fleet of office vehicles from 24 - 14.
- Extended the hours of operation for the Assessor's Office office to 5 p.m. so we can better serve property owners -- and without adding additional costs to taxpayers.
- Modernized the Assessors Office by installing a new computer system and software upgrades to help improve the reassessment process and make it more transparent and efficient. These upgrades also enhanced the online appeals process.
- Implemented a professional development program that has enabled six appraisers to earn State and National professional designations -- one of the highest numbers in the state.
- Hired the first female appraiser in Hamilton County.
These are some of the reasons why my peers across the state honored me with the
2018 East Tennessee Assessor of the Year. More importantly, it enabled the Assessor's Office to
earn the state's first "Three Star" certification from the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers.
Fairness... Accountability... Integrity... That's my commitment to you, and what I will continue doing as your Assessor of Property.
As you may already know, 2020 is an Election Year. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to visiting with Hamilton County voters about my record as Assessor of Property. These discussions are important so the voters understand
the Assessor’s role in reporting the fair market value of a property based on recent property sales so the Hamilton County Commission can raise or lower your tax rate -- which is their responsibility, not mine.
You vote does matters in this important election, and this is why I am asking for your support and vote on March 3, 2020.