The Property Assessor is responsible for the evaluation of all real property, the cadastral mapping of the county, valuation of all business personal property and maintaining ownership records. The property assessor prepares the tax rolls for the trustee and all the municipalities.
The assessor determines the value of all property in the county, whether real, personal or mixed, including mineral rights, leaseholds and all other property except property of public utilities valued by the State. The Assessor maintains the property tax, maps of the county, and keeps current indexes of taxpayers; including a description of the property on the tax, and books sufficient to identify it. The Assessor also reports assessments to the local and state boards of equalization. Taxpayers who feel that the assessor has placed an unfair value on their property may appeal to the local board of equalization and then to the State Board of Equalization.
The Property Assessor is elected, at large, for a four year term. The present Assessor is Ronda Clanton, who has served Bedford County since September 1, 1996.
The office of the Property Assessor is organized into several divisions: Property Appraisal, Data Management, Verification, Cadastral Mapping, Greenbelt Appraisal and assisting the public with their needs.
The Property Appraisal Division appraises the value of all property in the County. Responsibilities within the Division are further divided into four sections: Residential & Farm Real Property, Commercial Real Property, and Personal Property.
Residential, Farm, and Commercial property appraiser.
The appraiser is responsible for appraising the value of all residential, agriculture, farm, commercial and industrial properties.
Office manager, Personal Property Appraiser.
The Office Manager is responsible for overseeing the administrative operation of the Assessor’s office. The Personal Property Appraiser is responsible for evaluation of all business personal property in the City and County.
The Data Management is responsible for maintaining all Bedford County’s property assessment/tax records on the State Comptroller’s mainframe.
The Cadastral Mapping division maintains current digital maps (GIS) of official property lines, public right-of-ways, City annexations and other features, and maintains databases of transfers of properties and alterations of property lines.