Lakefront property owners protesting the new assessments on the value of their homes along Lake Lanier have been waiting and waiting for their appeals to be heard.
And following a few delays — more than 5,000 appeals were made this year — Hall County will begin sending out revised tax assessment notices Sept. 18.
“We’re being deliberate in the process and making sure we inspect each property carefully and take everything into consideration,” Chief Assessor Steve Watson said. “The lakefront property appeals take a little longer given how they are situated and the degree of physical inspection that must take place. Prior year statistics will bear similar results this year in terms of appeal resolution and changes.”
The reassessments have driven up taxes on about 90 percent of lakefront properties, with many residents seeing their property values double and triple, or more.
“Most of the people that did appeal will see some sort of revision.” Watson said.
But as the appeals process begins to wind down for some, it is just getting started for others.
Residents receiving revised notices will have 30 days to file an appeal with the state Board of Equalization.
“A ‘temporary’ tax bill will be sent to property owners who have appealed but that appeal has not been resolved at the time tax bills are issued,” Watson said, adding that the bill will be equal to 85 percent of the initial assessment value.
Tax Commissioner Darla Eden said tax bills will be mailed by Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, appeals that were not revised down will be forwarded from the tax assessor’s office to the Board of Equalization for final review.
“Once the appeal is resolved, the tax bill will be recalculated and adjustments will be made depending on the outcome.” Watson said.