Lee County Tax Administrator Mary Yow will retire on Friday, May 31, 2019 following a 34 year career with the county where she served as Tax Administrator since 2012.  Ms. Yow will be succeeded by Michael Brown who was appointed as the next Lee County Tax Administrator by the Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 6, 2019 for a term of four years beginning on June 1, 2019.

Mr. Brown has over 32 years of experience in the area of property tax and has served in various government roles at the North Carolina Department of Revenue Local Government Division and Harnett County.  Most recently, Michael has served the past two years as the Reappraisal Coordinator for Lee County.

Following his appointment, Mr. Brown thanked the Board for the opportunity and said, “I am grateful to have spent two years working with and learning from Mary; I know I have big shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge!”

Mary Yow began her career with Lee County in 1985 and has served in a variety of roles including the Tax Listing Manager, Business Personal Property Appraiser and Tax Clerk prior to her appointment as Tax Administrator.  She holds several professional certifications through the North Carolina Department of Revenue, the North Carolina Tax Collector’s Association and the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers (NCAAO); she is also an accredited member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and earned the IAAO professional designation of Personal Property Specialist in 2005, which at the time was one of only 19 designees in the world. 

Under Yow’s leadership, the Lee County Tax Office has completed two property tax reappraisals; upgraded the appraisal and billing software; implemented aerial and street level photography with Eagle View; and implemented on-line listing and appeals processes to enhance customer service.  The Department has also received two Small Jurisdictions Awards from the NCAAO.

“I credit my staff with the successes we have achieved as a team and thank the Board of Commissioners and County Administration for their support over the years that helped make our successes possible,” said Yow; “I am incredibly proud of my tenure with the Tax Office and feel blessed to have served the people of Lee County.”

Following her retirement, Ms. Yow plans to stay active in the community.  She serves as the choir director and secretary at Ephesus Baptist Church.  She is especially looking forward to spending more time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.    

Ms. Yow’s final day in the Tax Office is this Friday, May 31st.

For additional information, please contact the Lee County Tax Office at 919-718-4660.

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Photo Attachment:  Michael Brown and Mary Yow