County Reappraisal Notices Start Hitting The Mail On Friday, Assessor Bennett Says

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Assessor of Property Bill Bennett told County Commission members on Thursday that reappraisal notices start hitting the mail on Friday.

He said the first batch of 23,564 cards that will list the latest property value as determined by his office will go to residents in East Brainerd, Ooltewah and Apison.

Mailings will continue every few days before the final batch is set to be sent on April 19.

Mr. Bennett said residents who do not agree with the new assessments will have an opportunity to discuss the matter with personnel in his office.

If they still have a beef, they can file an appeal with the Board of Equalization, which starts meeting on June 3.

The assessor said he expects that values will "go up a little for about a third, go down a little for another third and remain about the same for others."

He said he does not yet know how it will affect a new "certified tax rate." A new property tax rate will have to be set at the end of the reappraisal so that the county is not enriched based solely on higher appraisals. The county can only count on "new growth" for higher revenue.

Mr. Bennett said property transactions stalled during the recession and were at a low point in 2011. He said they began to come back late in 2011 and to continue to rise in 2012. There were 11,822 real estate transfers in 2011 and it was up to 14,101 last year. In 2006, there were 18,606 transactions.

He said Hamilton County did not see the effect of the recession like many other parts of the country.

Mr. Bennett said it is his fifth reappraisal, but the first without longtime reappraisal director Roy Rumfelt, who died Dec. 1. He said Mr. Rumfelt had completed 90-95 percent of the reappraisal when he passed.

He praised Mr. Rumfelt as not only a valued employee, but as one who often helped in the community.

The reappraisals are mandated by the state every four years.    


TBI Releases Studies On Domestic Violence And Law Enforcement Officers

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released on Monday two studies, detailing the nature and extent of domestic violence and instances of law enforcement officers attacked while on duty.  In both studies, the TBI presents data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.  Among the findings in “Domestic ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man With Gang Background Sent Away For 57 Months

A Chattanooga man that prosecutor Chris Poole said has a gang background was sent away to federal prison for 57 months on Monday morning. Darius Hyatte appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice. Prosecutor Poole said his brother, Dominic Wright, was shot and killed in 2014. Hyatte, himself, was shot in the right arm in 2010 when he was hanging around the East Lake Courts. ... (click for more)

Hall Tax Reduction Is Right For Tennessee

In a move to make Tennessee more economically competitive and give relief to state of Tennessee taxpayers, the General Assembly passed major tax reform legislation this year by reducing the state’s Hall income tax and establishing a timeline for full repeal.  While Tennessee is always included in the list of nine states with no income tax, we often see an asterisk by our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow

Years ago at a ritzy dinner party in Westchester County, New York, an editor from Reader’s Digest was seated next to the prettiest woman in the room and noticed her overall glow and countenance was such that he had never noticed a tell-tale scar under her nose. After the dishes were cleared away, admit the mindless chatter, he asked if she would mind telling him about it. The ... (click for more)

Slegers, Lookouts Shutout Biscuits Sunday, 1-0

Less than 24 hours after steamrolling the Lookouts 12-0 on Saturday night, the Biscuits bats were silenced by Aaron Slegers (2-1), as the 6'10" right-hander shutout the Biscuits 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in Chattanooga.   Slegers eight inning performance was his longest in 11 career Double-A starts and was the longest outing by a Lookouts pitcher this year.  The right-hander ... (click for more)

Baylor Baseball Complex Dedicated to the Etters and Wyatt McMahan

It was the summer of 1961 and a 10-year-old boy and a college grad were starting their baseball journey – a journey which would eventually connect them for decades to come. While Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were chasing the ghost of Babe Ruth and the then home run record of 60 round trippers, Wyatt McMahan was in his first year in Joe Engel’s Knothole League in White Oak ... (click for more)