Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quick note about DeKalb’s assessment notices

The assessment notices that DeKalb County recently sent to property owners say “City Exemptions May Not be Included in this Estimate” at the bottom of the notice. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have a homestead exemption with the City of Decatur. What it means is that DeKalb does not factor in what City exemptions you have when preparing the estimate.

If you’re not sure whether you have your homestead exemption with the City, you can look at your 2014 1st installment tax bill. If you have the basic homestead exemption, your savings from that exemption will be printed just above the tear-off line of the remittance coupon. Also, look at the exemptions column of your tax bill. You have the basic homestead exemption if a figure of $20,000 appears in the exemptions column on three rows of your bill. If you have all zeroes in the exemptions column, you do not have the basic homestead exemption.

You can also call our office at 404-370-4100 to confirm what exemptions you have.

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