The Hall County Board of Tax Assessors was awarded the inaugural 2022 Office of Excellence Award by the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) on Oct. 17. Chief Appraiser Steve Watson and Deputy Chief Appraiser John Smith accepted the award at GAAO’s October Business Meeting.
Watson presented the award to the Hall County Board of Assessors on Oct. 26 during their regularly scheduled meeting.
“Thank you for all you do to make us the best of the best. It is because of you that I was able to accept and we were able to be honored with such a prestigious award,” said Watson.
Out of 159 counties in Georgia, only seven counties were nominated for the award, with four moving on in the application process and two finalists. The Hall County Tax Assessors Office was awarded based on exemplifying the characteristics of excellence, outstanding contribution to the assessment industry, and acting as a great partner to other GAAO member counties throughout the state.
“You epitomize our purpose statement from Tim Barrett, ‘We appraise property and we value people,’” said Watson of his staff.