Estes seeks re-election as Cole County assessor
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Cole County Assessor Chris Estes announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to his second full term as assessor.
Estes was initially appointed by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt in November of 2007 and faced his first election in 2008.
Estes states his first priority is to serve the taxpayers of Cole County in a fair and consistent manner since the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that for our taxation system to be legal it must be administered in a uniform manner to all taxpayers.
“In my office we strive to insure that we have the most accurate information available and that the state statutes are applied equally to all taxpayers,” he said. “According to the ratio studies done by the Missouri State Tax Commission, Cole County is at the top of the list for accuracy in the State of Missouri.”
Estes also said, “This is an extremely difficult time to be evaluating property values due to the problems nationwide. Here in Cole County we have some insulation due to state government. Cole County never saw the increases that some areas saw, so we are not experiencing the decreases, either. In the assessor’s office we try to maintain the highest standards possible. Several of our appraisers are Missouri state certified and the ones who are not are encouraged to obtain state certification. In Missouri, assessors offices are not required to hire certified appraisers, but I feel it brings a higher level of accuracy and professionalism to the job. We are regularly training to provide the citizens of Cole County the highest level of service possible.”
Estes returned to Cole County in 1988 after leaving at the beginning of high school.
“I have always considered Jefferson City and the Cole County area to be my hometown,” he said.
Estes and his wife Tracey currently live in western Cole County on a farm near Centertown.
“I love being in the country and I wish I had moved out here 20 years before,” he said.
Estes has two sons, Derek and his wife Sarah; and Ryan and his wife Rebecca, who all live in Jefferson City; one daughter, Mary Beth, who is in college in the St. Louis area; and one grandson, Caleb, whose parents are Derek and Sarah.
“Being a grandparent has got to be the biggest thrill of my life,” he said.
Estes has previously served as a three-term president of the Cole County Republican Club, is a member of the NRA, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Lions Club and the Historic City of Jefferson.