Welcome to the campaign website of Rutherford County Assessor of Property, Rob Mitchell. Rob has built his reputation and career on transparency, due diligence and doing what is right for the greater benefit of our co...
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Rob Mitchell and the Rutherford County Property Assessor's Office were awarded the 2018 Excellence in Operations Award by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. This award is given to the best operational office in Tennessee. Efficient, transparent and focused on customer service and professionalism; Rob and his office epitomize the best in local government.
Tennessee should remain ever vigilant in her finances. As there is an ever increasing push to expand government services there will be an attempt to find ways to fund them. It is well known that except for the Hall tax Tennessee has no income tax. Since 1949 Tennessee has relied on the sales tax as her primary source of funding. Prior to 1949 the State also had a property tax. Currently in Tennessee property taxes are only assessed and collected at the local level.
The state property tax went away but not the empowering legislation that makes it so potentially dangerous. With the simple stroke of a legislative pen it could once again be set into motion.
TCA 67-5-101 states "All property, real and personal, shall be assessed for taxation for state, county and municipal purposes, except such as is declared exempt in part 2 of this chapter, or unless otherwise provided."
Did you notice something else? "Real and Personal" property shall be assessed. Your personal property is subject to taxation. We currently only assess the personal property of businesses because the TCA code makes the "assumption" that your personal property will be assumed to have no value. All it takes to change that is a simple stroke of the pen as well.
The quick fix is to change the Tennessee Code Annotated removing the inclusion of “state” from the property tax provision. A long term fix will require an amendment to the state constitution and an outright prohibition. The time to act on this is now. We must act to prevent the taxation of our property at the State level. We should also look long and hard about the local taxation of individual personal property.
As your elected official it is my job to not only administer the office fairly and effectively but also to look out for your best interests.
Did you know that Rob Mitchell has been approached by the International Association of Assessing Officers to be a guest panelist to discuss his proposed funding model for assessors offices? Rob has created a system that would actually encourage and promote the operation of a government office as a business. Rob has returned $1.5 million dollars back to the county from his budgets over the last three years! KEEP ROB ON THE JOB!
I am pleased to announce the conclusion of another very successful year in the Rutherford County Property Assessor's Office.
It is important that your government be open and transparent. The office of Property Assessor discovers, lists and values over 112,000 parcels of Real and Tangible Personal Property in Rutherford County having an appraised value of approximately 21 billion dollars and an assessed value of over 6 billion dollars. We are the 5th largest and fastest growing County in Tennessee. We create and maintain the assessment maps for each parcel in 624 sq/miles of territory which comprises Rutherford County. Thirty four percent of the Counties current budget of $507 million dollars is a result of the diligent work of the employees of your Assessor's Office.
Over the last three years we have made many improvements to the property assessor's office we:
Resolved hundreds of unnecessary appeals from previous administrations
Resolved injustices inflicted on local farmers
Changed State law defending property rights to prevent widowed surviving spouses from being taxed off their property
Won grants to incorporate hybrid vehicles into our service fleet saving fuel costs and bettering the environment
Developed a public website which is praised for ease of use
Developed the State's first Property Search App for mobile devices
Developed the only "real time" property review process in the State saving taxpayers $64K dollars per year
Created with Middle Tennessee State University the first County/University public art gallery with the Murfree Galleries
Won national recognition for our commitment to save taxpayers' dollars
Redesigned assessment change notices for greater ease of use
Remodeled our reception area for improved customer service
Completed a highly successful four year county wide reappraisal
Wrote an Employee Handbook to defend the rights of assessor's office employees
Won the right to compensate our employees fairly based upon their skills and work load
Created a presentation for a national conference on our "best practices" approach to assessment and office efficiency
Returned to the General Fund $1.338 million dollars in SAVINGS over three years! $588,736 in savings this year alone!
It is our goal to become the best managed Assessor's Office in Tennessee. We have taken the bold step to become one of only 24 other assessment jurisdictions in the nation to achieve the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration designation through the International Association of Assessing Officers. You have our commitment that we will continue to make efficient use of your taxpayer money. We will continue our emphasis on customer service and in providing a meaningful return on investment.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission and for allowing me the opportunity to serve you.
Assessor of Property
Rutherford County Tennessee
319 North Maple
2nd Floor Suite 200
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130
Rob was the first Property Assessor in Tennessee to not only develop a process to work "live" in the field ( saving taxpayers $64k/year) but he was also the first to use hybrid vehicles which he purchased with a grant from TDEC's Clean Energy Grant Program.( Saving $25k more for taxpayers!) Support Rob! He is NOT your father's bureaucrat!
We are happy to announce that your Rutherford County Assessor's Office received a ZERO audit findings report this week from the Tennessee Department of Property Assessments. Their excellent staff of hardworking professionals under the leadership of Assessor Rob Mitchell, is doing a tremendous job to maintain the highest standards and they are succeeding! They are also achieving this with a cost per parcel four dollars UNDER the national average cost per parcel! It may not mean much to some folks but... it is saying your Assessor's office is achieving NEAR PERFECTION at a cost that is 1/6 less than the NATIONAL average! They can only continue this by retaining and rewarding their hard working employees. This is a staff which they reduced in size by 17% since 2011/2012. Please let your commissioner's know that you support their efforts. Contact Mayor Burgess and urge his full support of the Property Assessors office.
What else is Rob Mitchell working on? Viewers of Tiny House Nation and local veteran's advocate know. Rob is helping to develop housing for homeless veterans. Aside from administering the office which generates most of the revenue for Rutherford County, Rob is working to make the lives of those who served our county better as well.
Won't you join Rob's team?
Over the last two years we have made many improvements to the property assessor's office. We settled appeals,resolved injustices to farmers, changed State law so widowed surviving spouses would not be taxed off their property, won grants to incorporate hybrid vehicles into our service fleet, partnered with MTSU to develop the first County/University public art gallery with the Murfree Galleries, instituted a public Flag retirement ceremony every year to honor those who served and fought for our freedom and won national recognition for our commitment to save taxpayers dollars! Please join us in our pursuit of efficient,effective compassionate governance. After all, it's your money, it's my money, it's our money. When government buys things we don't need there will come a time when we will need things we can't buy. I am working to change that attitude in government and I need your help in that fight.
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