Cliff Mann, Tax Assessor
100 Northside Square, Rm. 504
Cliff Mann became Madison County’s Tax Assessor when he was elected on November 4, 2014. Even though his six year term did not officially start until October 1, 2015, he began serving on February 2, 2015, when he was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to serve out the term of the retiring Tax Assessor, Fran Hamilton.
As a native of Madison County and having grown up on a farm in the area, Mann realizes that a person’s property is important to them. Whether one owns a home, farm or business, they want to be treated with respect, honesty and fairness in regard to issues involving their property. Mann’s goal is to run the Tax Assessor’s office as efficiently as possible while providing the level of customer service the taxpayers expect. Now that all departments of the Tax Assessor’s office are together on the fifth floor of the courthouse, communication and consistency in that service can be better implemented. New technology, by upgrading hardware and software, will enhance the efficiency of the office as well as allowing for more current and accurate data on the internet. While it is still the responsibility of each property owner to ensure the tax data on any property that they own is current, the Tax Assessor’s office is here to assist in making any necessary corrections.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Auburn University, Mann earned a Master of Arts in Bible from Alabama Christian School of Religion. He then served in the ministry for a number of years before returning to Madison County to work in the real estate industry. For the past twenty years, Mann has served the community as a REALTOR. He served as the President of the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS in 2005 and was chosen as their REALTOR of The Year in 2007 as well as served as a State Director for the Alabama Association of REALTORS for a number of years. The experience of helping people buy, sell, and resolve property issues will be an asset to the Tax Assessor’s office. He has also served as a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, taught classes at Faulkner University, and was the 2013 President of the Huntsville-Madison County Auburn Club. Mann currently serves as a deacon and Bible class teacher at the Mayfair Church of Christ and is a member of the Madison County and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.
This department is responsible for making an on-site review of subdivisions and other lands, to measure and list all improvements, and also calculate values, based on guidelines and specifications mandated by the State Department of Revenue.
Each taxpayer is required by Alabama Law (Code 40-7-1) to provide a complete list of all property owned. The person acquiring property is responsible for reporting to the Tax Assessors complete legal description of the property. All assessments are based upon ownership and status as of October 1 of each year.
Board of Equalization
If a property owner questions the value placed on his property, the Board of Equalization will meet with the property owner to review the value. The Board sets a schedule based on written request of a property owner. A written protest of value must be mailed to the following address: Madison County Board of Equalization, Tax Assessor's Office, Madison County Courthouse, 100 Northside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801. Board Members: Charles Swafford. -Chairman, John Richard, Leigh Stephens, Cliff Mann -Secretary
Business Personal Property Department
Title 40, Chapter 7, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended, requires that every business report to the county taxing official each year a complete list of all business personal property owned by the taxpayer on October 1 of the tax year. This itemized list should include all fixed assets used in the operation of the business including but not limited to: furniture, fixtures, computers, printers, office equipment, tools, machinery, unlicensed motor vehicles, and vehicle add-on equipment.
Tax Mapping Department
This department is responsible for maintaining maps of property lines. Recently completed, digital maps are available, based on recorded subdivision plats and recorded deeds. It also maintains records of property ownership by subdivision lots or metes and bounds legal descriptions. Old assessment records and plat books are available for research purposes. Some records date back to the 1800s.