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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Roger Malouf , a real estate broker and property manager, is the Republican nominee to be Roanoke's commissioner of the revenue, challenging incumbent Sherman Holland .
Malouf, currently a member of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals, was nominated at the Roanoke Republican Committee mass meeting Wednesday.
He said he would make sure real estate is assessed at market value and would push to have the commissioner's office handle real estate assessments.
The commissioner's office now is responsible for maintaining the record of who owes taxes on real estate, and assesses personal property of individuals and businesses, as well as issuing business licenses. Real estate assessment is handled by the city's Office of Real Estate Valuation, and the city treasurer collects the taxes.
Malouf said assessment of the value of taxed property needs to be separate from collecting taxes to prevent corruption and abuse.
He said he did not believe recent tax assessments properly reflected market values of property.
No candidates stepped forward to run for commonwealth's attorney, treasurer or for the 11th District House of Delegates seat. Sheriff Octavia Johnson had already won the GOP nomination for that office.
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