Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Does this appeal to you?

As discussed here yesterday, if you are a Decatur property owner and you intend to appeal your property value this year, you may file a return with DeKalb County by March 1. This explanation appears on the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s website:

If you wish to appeal the value of your property, you may file a tax return with the Property Appraisal Department between January 2nd and March 1st, at which time you may declare what you consider to be the fair market value of the property.

This will generate a review of the value by the Property Appraisal Department; a notice of assessment change will be sent to you in late March or early April if the Board disagrees with your value.

Under current state law, you will have thirty days after the county sends you back a notice of assessment change to formally file an appeal if you disagree with the notice.  If you need more information, the DeKalb County property appraisal office can be reached at (404) 371-0841.

(Note: SB 346, currently under review in the Georgia General Assembly, would extend that 30-day deadline a one-year deadline, although this is one of the more controversial aspects of the legislation and may not survive the Senate Finance Committee.)

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