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Hall property tax assessment appeals coming in at faster pace

POSTED: May 17, 2017 7:37 p.m.
NICK BOWMAN/The Times

Steve Watson, Hall County's chief appraiser, has said the digest is a marked improvement on last year - meaning property values are on the way up - but specifics have yet to be released by the county.

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With a jump in property values expected this year, there are 100 more appeals of property tax assessments rolling into Hall County government than there were at this time in 2016.

The Hall County Tax Assessor’s Office has approximately 915 appeals already filed, according to Deputy Chief Appraiser Kelly McCormick.

“If the pace kept the same we’d be just over 2,000, in the 2,100 to 2,200 range, but these last two weeks will tell the story,” McCormick told the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors on Wednesday. “We’ll get more in the last week than we probably did in the entire rest of this process.”

The board is responsible for building the county’s tax digest, which compiles all of the taxable property within its boundaries. Steve Watson, the county’s chief appraiser, has said the digest is a marked improvement on last year — meaning property values are on the way up — but specifics have yet to be released by the county.

Watson has said that of the more than 70,000 taxable properties in the county, approximately 28,000 saw their values increase in 2017.

Property values are a double-edged sword for property owners, some of whom are counting on market growth in the area while others chafe at paying more taxes.

Those property owners who believe their assessments are incorrect are given the opportunity to appeal to the office and then to elected boards.

The county had 1,961 appeals to property tax assessments in 2016, according to Watson. Some years, the office has handled more than 5,000 appeals because of special situations, but the number of appeals historically hovers in the 2,000 range.

The deadline to file appeals for most property tax assessments, depending on when they were received by property owners, is May 30.

County tax assessors are also handling appeals of personal property tax assessments — mostly dealing with boats — said Bill Mott, the county’s personal property manager, on Wednesday.



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