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George L. Rooker Jr
Assessor of Property

George L. Rooker Jr. is a life-long resident of Nashville, TN.  He attended Goodpasture Christian School and David Lipscomb University, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration.

Rooker began his thirty-plus year career with the Assessor's office as a college intern.  Following graduation from Lipscomb, he returned to forge a fulltime career in the Assessor's office, serving for 12 years as Chief Deputy Assessor before becoming Property Assessor in 2008.

Rooker completed classes through the University of Tennessee Institute of Public Administration to become a Certified Public Administrator.  In 2012, he earned his Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) designation through the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).  Rooker also achieved the Tennessee Master Assessor (TMA) accreditation, the highest distinction the State of Tennessee reserves for specialists in the assessing field.

Rooker is an active member and Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers (TNAAO), a member of the Middle Tennessee Assessors Association (MTAA), as well as a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), where he serves on the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration committee.  The Davidson County Assessor's office received the IAAO Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration in 2012 and is the first jurisdiction in Tennessee to accomplish this goal.

Assessor Rooker resides in East Nashville. He has one son, Jonathan, and is a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church. Additionally, he has worked on various charitable programs including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Room in the Inn.

In 2009, the Davidson County Assessor's office received the  IAAO Public Information award for its broad-reaching efforts to educate the public on the property reappraisal process in declining market conditions.

The department's public information program on the reappraisal included:

  • More than 80 public meetings with council district, neighborhood and civic groups
  • A series of six video productions available on its padctn.com website and public television
  • An informative brochure mailed with each notice of assessment
  • A telephone center staffed by appraisers to answer taxpayer questions and set informal reviews
  • An online computer form for taxpayers to request reviews
  • And more than 60 interviews with news media plus appearances on radio and television talk shows

In addition, the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers (TNAAO) named Rooker its "Tennessee Assessor of the Year," marking the first time that an Assessor has received the honor during his/her first year of office.  He was also elected to the organization's Board of Directors.

Duties of the Assessor of Property

 - Is a Tennessee constitutionally elected official who serves at the pleasure of the Davidson County citizens for a four-year term
-  Has a duty to discover, list, classify and value all property within the jurisdiction of Davidson County for tax purposes, including both real property (land and all buildings, structures and improvements to the land) and personal (or personalty) property (machinery and equipment, fixtures, furniture and other items that are moveable in nature and used by a business.)

-  Locate and identify all property that should legally be included in the county assessment roll
-  Capture all new construction, additions and demolition of existing improvements as well as changes to land use and configuration
-  Track building permits, completion notices, property sales, zoning changes and other sources of information regarding property status
-  Utilize reports filed by businesses each year (by March 1) listing all personal property or updating those reports already on file to maintain concise property records

-  Accurately record and list all of a property's characteristics to properly value the land and all improvements
-  Measure all structures and extra features
-  Note amenities or features that affect the market value of the improvements, i.e., bathrooms, interior and exterior trim, floors finish, type of roofing
-  Compare all data collected about a property to all similar properties by using a CAMA system (Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) that contains the property characteristics of all land and buildings in Davidson County

-  Establish the classification or "use category" for each property which will be used to determine the assessment level for taxation of a property

Tennessee law establishes the following assessment levels for different property classes:

Residential ... 25%
Commercial and Industrial ... 40%
Farm ... 25%
Exempt ... 0%
Public Utility ... 55%
Personal Property ... 30%

Use three basic rules incorporated by the entire appraisal profession to determine the valuation of real property:

     Market:  Comparison of a property to other properties with similar characteristics that have recently been sold

  Estimation of the replacement cost of a structure and adjusting that estimate to account for depreciation

    Income:  Analysis of a property's value based on its capacity to generate revenue for the owner

Estimate fair market value for all property in Davidson County, as defined by different components of the real estate market, i.e., selling prices for different types of properties, local construction and repair costs, normal operating expenses, typical rents, current financing charges for borrowing money to build or buy property





Assessor of Property for Davidson County, TN  *  P.O. Box 196305  *  Nashville, TN 37219-6305
Physical Address:  700 2nd Ave S, Suite 210 * Nashville, TN 37210

Phone (Main Line):  (615) 862-6080;  Fax: (615) 862-6057 
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday