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Robertson seeks re-election as assessor

Robertson seeks re-election as assessor

Obion County Property Assessor Kathy Robertson of Union City has announced her candidacy for re-election in the Feb. 5 Democratic primary election.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as property assessor the last 17 years,” she said. “When I took office in January 1991, I made only one promise: to treat everyone equally, honestly and fairly. I have done that. I will continue to do that.”
She foresees 2008 as “the most difficult for the property assessor’s office in the history of the county.” Therefore, she said, it’s not a time for a change of administration. The office is in the process of finalizing the state’s analysis of the rates to be used for the reappraisal of property in 2008. Notice of the new values will be mailed to all property owners next spring, after which several weeks of informal hearings will be held.
“I ask you to let my 28 years’ experience and proven leadership help you through this difficult time,” Mrs. Robertson said.
Along with the reappraisal program, the assessor’s office will also be implementing a Geographic Information System (GIS) — a computerized data and mapping system. “This system will be second to none in Tennessee,” she said. “As your assessor, I organized a partnership between the county, state and City of Union City (governments) to share the cost. The data provided by GIS can be used by agencies such as law enforcement, fire departments and highway departments.”
Mrs. Robertson, a 1972 graduate of Obion County Central High School, is the daughter of Nannie Mae (Tootsie) Priest and the late Hershel Priest of No. 7 community. She is married to Larry S. Robertson. They have two daughters, Lisa Arrington and Jennifer Haskell; and three grandchildren, Kallie and Jace Arrington and Seth Haskell.
She is a member of Second Baptist Church in Union City.
Prior to being elected property assessor in 1991, Mrs. Robertson served with the Tennessee Division of Property Assessment almost 12 years. With 28 years’ experience, she is a Tennessee Certified Assessor and a Tennessee County Officials Certified Public Administrator.
“I have hundreds of hours of continuing education and training in property appraisal and assessment,” she said. “But no matter how much experience and training I have, I cannot be re-elected without your vote and support.
“I therefore take this opportunity to ask each of you for your vote on Feb. 5.” Published in The Messenger 12.20.07

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