For those who do not know her, this is my mother – Norma Haynes. For the past 12 years, I have worked hard to take care of my mother and her healthcare issues in the best way possible. Unfortunately, doing the right thing is not always the best course of action when it comes to politics. As you likely know, my challenger in this race has taken this race to a new low by criticizing me for not owning property while being employed as your Assessor of Property.
He is right, I do not currently own a piece of property in Hamilton County. As with most of the dirty politics today, there is a simple answer that explains why I am not currently a property owner.
First, I have owned property and paid property taxes for more than 30 years. In 2008, I decided to sell my house and use the proceeds to pay off lingering medical bills from my father’s long battle with lung disease. At that time, my mother decided to sign over her home to me in order to protect her assets.
As my mother’s health declined, I moved back home to help take care of her. In 2015, my mother suffered a major illness where she spent three months in ICU fighting for her life. After two years of trying to care for her at home, I, like so many of you, had to make the difficult decision to move her to an assisted living facility. In 2018, my son – Miller – wanted to enter the real estate market and inquired about buying my house to help pay for the rising costs of private healthcare for my mother.
The public record will show the deed for 4214 Forest Plaza Drive was in my name from 2011 - 2018. It was my property, and I paid the property taxes.
The truth is owning this property provided my mother with the best of both worlds. She had 24/7 private care at The Terrace and was able to visit and stay at her old house several times a year. She couldn't be happier. While this was not an easy decision, it was one that I made with honor and without any hesitation. Looking back, I know I did the right thing and set the right example for my two sons and others who may face a similar decision one day.
Throughout this campaign, I have taken the high-road and
offered specific reasons
why I deserve to be re-elected as your Assessor of Property. My opponent has not, and that is truly unfortunate. We deserve better, which is why I hope you will join me and others in rejecting this kind of negative, divisive politics by casting your vote to re-elect me, Marty Haynes, as your Assessor of Property on March 3.
If you have any concerns or questions about me or my service as your Assessor of Property, I encourage you to contact me directly at (423) 802-1333 or by email at
Hamilton County Assessor of Property