When we appealed our tax assessment earlier this year, I didn’t expect much of an adjustment. However, our property taxes were decreased 15% thanks to that initial appeal.
Since what the county assessed is still higher than what we believe our property is actually worth based on neighborhood foreclosures and sales, we’re going to continue appealing and see what happens. You can estimate what your tax bill will cost on the county Web site.
If you haven’t already taken steps to continue the appeal, here are your choices:
-Go to the Tax Assessor’s Office (in the Old Courthouse on the second floor – (770) 477-3285; 8 AM to 5 PM) and talk with an appraiser in person to negotiate a lower rate. If you come to an agreement, you will fill out a Value Agreement Form and be locked into that rate for the next three years; or:
-Write a letter to the Clayton County Board of Assessors (P.K. Dixon Annex 2, 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, 30236-3694) stating your desire to appeal, and include the property description number, address and a daytime telephone number. The letter must be hand delivered or postmarked on or before June 8.
-If you write a letter or can’t come to a consensus with an appraiser, a date will be set for you to go before the Board of Equalization. The three-person committee, appointed by the Superior Court, will then make a final decision.
According to the AJC, Clayton has reduced property taxes more than any other county in metro Atlanta. That is a good thing since most property owners didn’t believe taxes should’ve been raised anyway given county events over the past few years. But on the flip side, I worry about losing county services since many agencies have already said they are understaffed and insufficiently funded.
Did you appeal your property taxes? If so, did they lower your assessment? Are you satisfied with the adjustment, or will you appeal again?
No matter how you decide to carry out your appeal, the last day to do so is Monday, June 8.