Cumberland County Assessor of Property David Simcox is ready to get back to work on the county's five-year reappraisal following his re-election to the office Thursday.


Simcox won the Republican primary for the office and will be unopposed in the August County General Election.


"It's a hard job to interview for a job for six months," Simcox said. "But only the vote will put us back in office. I think some folks read my resume and know we are doing some good things at the office. I've got some great employees and we're doing the best we can."


Simcox noted the county was currently being reappraised for tax purposes. That will help to set values for property tax over the next 4 and a half years, he said.


"We'll have the final numbers in the next few months," Simcox said. "That will help set the tax rate. I don't set the tax rate, though. The county commission and city council set the tax rates."
Simcox said the economy is affecting the value of property in the county and city.


The county commission and council will have to find a way to deal with that," Simcox said. "We're all hurting, and I'm seeing a shocking drop in property values."


Cumberland County has 68,000 parcels of property on the tax rolls and a current tax rate of $1.435 per $100 of assessed value in the county and 55 cents per $100 of assessed value in the city of Crossville.


Simcox had 3,795 votes in Tuesday's primary election. Opponents Steve Lewis had 2,346 votes and Charles Seiber had 2,085 votes.


In the Presidential Preference Primary, Rick Santorum carried the county and the state in the Republican Primary. Santorum received 3,330 votes in Cumberland County, 36.27 percent of the votes cast. Across the state, Santorum surpassed Mitt Romney with 205,012 votes, or 37.1 percent.


This was the first time photo identification was required to vote in a Tennessee election and, according to Administrator of Elections Suzanne Smith, there were only a handful of people who did not have the proper identification to present on election day. Those individuals were provided paper provisional ballots, with five being taken Tuesday. Voters had until 4 p.m. Thursday to present valid identification to the Cumberland County Election Commission office in order for their vote to be counted.

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