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The Hamilton County Assessor of Property sets an appraised value on each parcel of land located in Hamilton County and any improvements on it for  assessment purposes except for public utility and railroad property whose value is determined by the Office of State Assessed Properties.

The Assessor's office also determines the value of the tangible personal property of businesses.

The office hears property owner appeals relative to the value the office has set on their real and personal property. If the appeal cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the property owner, appeals may be filed with the Hamilton County Board of Equalization.

Assessments provide the basis for determining the amount of real and personal property tax the property owner must pay; however, other offices and entities substantially influence the amount of tax the property owner ultimately pays. The county or city legislative body determines the tax rate.


About Bill Bennett

Hamilton County Assessor Since 1994

   Current Term of Office: 2012 - 2016

Background:

A native of Cookeville, Bill Bennett was appointed assessor in September of 1994 by the County Commission. He was an official at Combustion Engineering until 1986. From 1986 until 1994 he and Rep. Bobby Wood were partners in their own insurance agency. He entered politics in 1980 when he was elected to the County Commission and served as commission chairman for three terms. He was elected to a full term as assessor in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections.

He was named Assessor of the Year for the State of Tennessee in 1996.

He served as President of the Tennessee Assessors Association for 1999-2000.

Appointed to the Tennessee State Board of Equalization 2011

Family:

He and his wife, Marguerite, are members of Lake Hills Church of Christ. They have a daughter, Lee Ann Roane and two sons, J.B. and Brad Bennett and a granddaughter, Dorothy.

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