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Lowe announces candidacy for fourth term


Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe announced that he would seek re-election. Lowe said he was excited about seeking his fourth term as trustee and that he looks forward to the completion of some major projects that began during his past term. His last administration has developed online property searches as well as online payments that are presently available via the Internet on Knox County’s Web site. He has opened four satellite offices and extended office hours and Saturday operations at Knoxville Center Mall.

Lowe stated that the tax collection rate for his office was at 96 percent on an annual basis and better than 99 percent within a three year period making his office’s collection rate one of the best in the State of Tennessee.

He also noted that his excess fees for the past year were around $ 4 million. Lowe also developed an Insolvency Board to handle abandoned and blighted properties. The last insolvency sale generated over $320,000 for the citizens of Knox County. Through investments Lowe was able to earn moe than $2 million in additional interest for the citizens of Knox County.

During Lowe’s tenure as Knox County Trustee he has served two terms as legislative chairman of the Tennessee Trustee’s Association.

He has been instrumental in legislation, which ties tax relief limitations directly to Social Security increases. This legislation, in effect keeps minimal Social Security raises alone from disqualifying existing tax relief recipients. At present there are more than 2,000 elderly and disabled homeowners that benefit from this state program.

Goals for his next term include the development of a new tax software system. By working with the Knox County information technology department as opposed to purchasing a software system, Lowe will be able to save the citizens of Knox County more than $ 3 million in developmental costs. Lowe also hopes to conclude tax merger negotiations with the City of Knoxville that has the potential to save taxpayers more than $ 1 million per year if implemented.

Lowe is married to Susan Rudd and they have one daughter, Alison.

 

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