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Harris announces run for county property assessor

Steven P. Harris announced his candidacy last week for the Assessor of Property of Washington County. He is the only candidate running that is a licensed appraiser. Harris has over 35 years experience in the real estate profession, as a licensed appraiser, auctioneer, general contractor and Realtor. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a major in real estate/business administration. He is a lifelong resident of Washington County.
Harris was the past president of the Johnson City Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors Regional Vice President for this region, charter member and past president of the Tennessee/Virginia Multiple Listing Service, and recently received the Northeast TN Association of Realtors Hall of Fame Award for his 35 years of service to the Realtors Organization. The award is given to those who over their career as Realtors have shown true professionalism in an exemplary fashion.
Harris said he feels with his knowledge of the real estate appraisal process that he can help the people of Washington County to have assessments of their property that are not only fair, but defendable. Harris said one of the main reasons he is running is the unhappy property owners of Washington County relating to their last high reassessment appraisal. When elected, the first two things Harris said he wishes to accomplish is for Washington County to do their own reappraisals locally and not by the State of Tennessee. The second is to have property owners bring a copy of a recent appraisal in order to compare wirh data on the property cards.