CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today we released our campaign's first TV commercial. You can view it HERE. Unfortunately, my opponent continues to try and deceive voters, so I had no choice but to expose his dishonesty. His latest messaging states that Hamilton County "has not raised property taxes on anyone, including seniors." I hate to be so blunt but that is just a lie, plain and simple. My opponent is lying to you about his past actions and can only be expected to be dishonest in the future if he gets away with this.
As I have traveled this county, meeting with voters for many months, I have heard countless stories from struggling seniors about their rising tax bills. There are two ways to raise your property taxes. The amount of property tax you owe is based on two numbers: the certified tax rate and the assessed value of your home. Hamilton County's tax rate (which is more than 20% higher than the city of Chattanooga's) has stayed the same for several years, while assessments have risen sharply. Commissioner Haynes and his cronies have been raising assessments while leaving the rate intact so they can claim there hasn't been a tax increase. It is deceptive and wrong; and I think you can see through it.
85% of Hamilton County voters demanded a Senior Tax Freeze a decade ago. Many are shocked to learn that, unlike every other major county in the state, the county commission still hasn't enacted it. What are they waiting for? 90%? 95%? Haynes continues to disregard the will of the voters, so it's time we show him the door. I will continue to advocate for this tax freeze, no matter what the result of my election on August 4. It's a moral issue for me and I won't back down.
Early voting starts today and runs through July 30. Election Day is August 4. I thank you for your time and ask you for the honor of your vote.
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Candidate for Hamilton County Assessor of Property
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