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John Miller June 26, 2014 at 06:38 AM
We've been using Equitax to appeal our property tax appraisals. Ernie Cole is an experiencedRead Moreapprais er who knows his way around DeKalb County. Y'all can try to do this yourselves or you can pay a very reasonable fee to get professional help. Makes no difference to me, but just wanted y'all to know that there is help out there.
Cheryl Miller June 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Tom, but don't the residents in the area you have highlighted actually believe their properties are Read Moreworth as much as the county says and actually even MORE??? Isn't that one of the purposes of wanting to become a city, so they could get those values to go up? Can't have it both ways. And if so many people think they were wronged, why doesn't the county ever look to see if there are others that were too low to balance our the ones who paid too much?
Tom Doolittle June 27, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I don't see this as a cityhood topic. The problem that you allude to is a general quandary thatRead Morehome owners have always had. We want our property value to rise, but not taxes. What most people (and therefore the govt) haven't made enough of an issue of is the basis of automatic tax increases with increases in appraised value. There is absolutely no logical connection. The government shouldn't be able to increase its revenue based essentially on community value. All tax increases should be justified as budget increases--the subject of required public hearings. Also, the current tax system wasn't developed under today's stark home value differential between large areas of the county (in other words, differences in economic value that is geographically based). There's a lot of pressure on assessors to show poor areas as decreasing in value (which they are today) and more affluent areas increasing at disproportionate rates (and completely unjustified). That of course is compounded when that very revenue is (again disproportionately) spent on projects in the poor areas)--of course THAT is one basis of cityhood popularity, a subject for another time.
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