Press release, June 6, 2016
From Rob Mitchell: “Thank you for the opportunity to serve all of the citizens of Rutherford County.
When we took office in 2012, the Assessor’s office was in disarray. One of the first things we did was negotiate equitable appeals settlements with more than 700 pending cases assessment appeals. These appeals had moved forward to the administrative appeals judge at the State level. Our office lost most of the cases brought before the Judge including the Landfill case which we lost. Yet we were able to negotiate, after the judge’s verdict, with an increase valuation on the landfill to the tune of $2,000,000.
Small farms were hit hard during the recent Great Recession. We worked hard to make certain we would give the small farms every legal break. One of the more unfortunate instances happened during this period with the petty removal of some small farms from the green belt. On taking office, we reversed those orders and returned small farmers back to their former status.
During this period, we also found another inequity. Widows were being forced from their family farms using an antiquated law. Working with the State Legislature, we corrected these injustices and had the law changed to prevent widowed spouses from being taxed off of their property.
I have always believed that government can and should be run in a much leaner and efficient manner. In Government, an old saying is ‘you must spend all of your budget whether you need it or not because in the next budget year you could not ask for more money.’ I do not agree with this! How can Government become leaner when you are rewarded by spending more money every year?
We have helped our Assessor’s office become more efficient by:
- We returned more than $1,500,000 to the County’s coffers by reorganizing, giving clear direction, utilizing work flow studies and writing an employee handbook.
- We replaced some of our vehicles we also procured a grant from the Federal Government to purchase the first hybrid vehicles for an assessor’s office in the State of Tennessee; saving both money in fuel as well as demonstrating a commitment to sustainable practices.
- We developed an employee handbook to protect employee rights while also providing clear guidelines and expectations of performance.
Any new job requires a certain amount of education and in that regards, I received my Certified Public Administrator Certification from the University of Tennessee County Technical Advisory Service one year after taking office (2013). I have also made substantial gains towards achieving my AAS professional designation through the International Association of Assessing Officers.
I am very proud that my fellow assessors in Tennessee named me the Middle Tennessee Assessor of the year (2015) and elected me as President of the Middle Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers (2015-2016).
From ergonomic work flow studies to new technology introduction, I have set a new and vibrant course for the Property Assessor’s office. Transparency and citizen engagement have been and will continue to be the hallmarks of our office.
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Contributions may be sent to:
The Rob Mitchell Campaign
3450 Northboro Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37129