The State Board of Equalization met on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 and determined that the appraisal process performed by Sumner County Assessor John Isbell was flawed. Moreover, they were gravely concerned about the number of changes made to approximately 35 percent of all parcels in Sumner County. Therefore, we are posting the letter dated Sept. 15, 2014 from the State Board of Equalization signed by Kelsey Jones in which the state has requested that the Sumner County Commission reconvene the Sumner County Board of Equalization to determine if any or all changes made by the assessor are valid and sustainable. Click here to read the letter.
The value of over 24,000 parcels was changed by the Assessor’s Office without proper documentation, which resulted in numerous inconsistencies and errors. If no changes are made, the assessor, Mr. Isbell, is requesting that the tax rate be raised six cents to address the devaluation of property across our county.
The Sumner County Board of Equalization is to meet, beginning Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to review the 24,000 parcels. All meetings are open to the public and start at 9 a.m. in Room 112 of the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Dr., Gallatin. It is not required that you attend these meetings. If the local board makes any changes to your assessed value, you will receive a new assessment card and you will have 45 days to appeal any new valuation.
The County Executive and County Commission are always available to discuss your concerns, but all matters dealing with the appraisal and the valuation of the certified tax rate should be referred to Assessor of Property John Isbell at 615-452-2412.
We are sorry that this unprecedented action was taken, and for the inconvenience it may cause, but we feel it is vitality important that the tax appraisal process be fair and equitable to all citizens of Sumner County.
Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt has designated tnAchieves to serve as the local partnering organization to help organize and support Tennessee Promise, Gov. Bill Haslam’s vision to provide a tuition-free opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a college credential. Tennessee Promise offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015.
Coupled with the Tennessee Promise scholarship, every student will be paired with a mentor to support the student through admission and financial aid paperwork, motivate the student to meet deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, encourage the student to reach his/her potential.
tnAchieves is currently recruiting volunteer mentors in Sumner County. Mentors spend approximately one hour monthly working with high school seniors to ensure they make a smooth transition from high school to college. tnAchieves will train all mentor applicants, provide them with a mentor handbook, and communicate with them throughout their experience with the program. To apply, visit www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application
The Sumner County Health Committee is conducting the 4th Annual Walk Across Sumner campaign (Sept. 6-Oct.4, 2014). Walk Across Sumner is a county-wide plan that includes a four-week walking program (complete with a kick-off event and a closing celebration). Participants in the Walk Across Sumner program are encouraged to walk 34.5 miles (the distance across Sumner County - corner to corner) either in their own neighborhoods or by hitting local greenways and walking trails at parks throughout the county.
There were over 1,400 participants in the 2013 event and nearly $5,000 was raised for elementary school physical education programs across the country. Last year’s project brought people from the entire county together to get moving and get fit.