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Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices
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Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

Lakefront property owners cried foul when they were targeted for reassessment this year, which drove up taxes on about 90 percent of those homes.

Lake properties rose in value by an average of 39 percent, though many residents saw their assessments double and triple, or more.

Chief Assessor Steve Watson said the appeals process has driven down assessments on thousands of lakefront properties by an average of 19.26 percent.

Meanwhile, the average reduction in assessed value for all commercial and residential properties across the county is 17.05 percent.

Residents receiving revised tax notices will have 30 days to file another appeal, this time with the state Board of Equalization.

County officials budgeted a 2 percent loss on appeals in this year’s spending plan, which equals about $710,000 in revenue.

Watson said he expected that to be enough to cover revenue losses resulting from appeals.

Since 2007, the average appeals loss is 1.41 percent, although that figure jumped to 1.71 percent in the last three years, Watson said.

For the 1,300 property owners who appealed but were not mailed a revised assessment, their case is being forwarded to the state Board of Equalization (further instructions will be mailed) or may still be under review by the county tax assessor’s office.

A “temporary” tax bill will be mailed by Oct. 1 to property owners whose appeals have not yet been resolved.

The bills will be based on last year’s assessed value or 85 percent of the current year’s assessed value, depending on which is less.