Wendy Nordwald, Assessor
Wendy Nordwald is the Warren County Assessor. Wendy was first elected to office in 2004. She was most recently elected to her fourth term as the Warren County Assessor in 2016.
Wendy has served on the Missouri Association of Counties Board of Directors since, 2010. She has served on the MAC Legislative Committee since 2012, and is currently serving as the Committee Chair (2018). In 2013, Wendy was elected by the MAC membership to serve on Executive Board, and has served in various positions on the Executive Board from 2014 to 2108. Wendy is currently the Missouri Association of Counties Immediate Past President.
Wendy was appointed in 2017 by the National Association of Counties President to serve at the National Level on the Rural Action Caucus, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee, and the Membership Standing Committee.
Wendy is very active within the Missouri State Assessors Association and is the Chairman of the Legislative Committee and often testifies as an expert witness on property tax policy issues before the Missouri General Assembly and she also serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee.
The Assessment Process
Assessment is the process of placing a value on property for the purpose of property taxation. The Assessor is charged with placing fair market value on property as of the tax date. This assures the tax burden is distributed fairly among those responsible for payment. The property tax in Missouri is “ad valorem” meaning the taxes are based on the property value.
The Assessor has no jurisdiction or responsibility for taxing jurisdiction budgets or establishing the tax rates. The taxing authority (schools, cities, fire districts, etc.) establish the tax rates. The collection authority (Collector’s Office), is responsible for collecting the amount of tax assigned to each property owner.
The Missouri County Assessor is primarily responsible for assessing property within the county. Furthermore, the assessor’s work is subject to review by the County Board of Equalization and the Missouri State Tax Commission. The State Tax Commission is the state agency charged with general supervision of assessors and with enforcing property tax laws.