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Did Your Property Tax Assessment Go Up?

Some DeKalb County residents are complaining about how their home value is calculated.


Last night I opened the DeKalb County property tax assessment I received in the mail. I looked at the numbers and said, "Wow."

The assessed value of our condo in Decatur went up 6.4 percent. Last year it dropped.

I found out that wasn't so bad compared to other DeKalb property owners.

One woman I know said the assessed value on her home went up a whopping 73 percent.

She doesn't want to pay more property taxes. She's learning how to appeal.

Meanwhile, people in some neighborhoods are reporting most of their assessments dropped.

What's going on?

Were you surprised by your tax assessment? Will you file a formal appeal?

Gayleallyn May 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I have to protest our assessment EVERY time it comes around. They ALWAYS assess our house at WaY above the "Fair Market Value" I seriously don't understand. Why are there not laws about how this - seemingly - random- figure of "fair market value" is reached? I presented to the Board of Equalization more than once - and won. I came with facts and pictures and recent like sales - and all the person who did the assessment said was "but it's such a big house"!!! I had to take off work, present a case, and all they were going on was square footage. grrrr
Gayleallyn May 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM
BTW - it does seem weird that in some neighborhoods the assessments went down. Which neighborhoods? Our assessment went up 14%
Albie Alright May 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
It has to do with comparable sales in your neighborhood.
Gayleallyn May 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM
"comparable" is the key word here. In my neighborhood, they have knocked down alot of smaller houses and build up huge houses - so, somehow they are equating our 1900 victorian dog run house with these new models....in square footage. But it is hardly "comparable" as we don't have a gourmet kitchen or landscaping....
Enuff Govt Already June 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
comparable sales in YOUR neighborhood...."The tax bills received by property owners from the counties will include both the fair market value and the assessed value of the property. Fair market value means "the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale." (O.C.G.A. 48-5-2) Property owners that do not agree with the assessed value on their proposed assessment can file an appeal with the county board of equalization. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-311)"..Ga Dept of Revenue " http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/PropertyAppraisal/events.html for additional info
Joe June 01, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Last year, my assessment went up a couple hundred dollars. I did my homework, filed an appeal, and the assessment was reduced to a few hundred BELOW what I asked for....I think it was rounding. The assessment was reduced $95,000 and taxes dropped over $1000. This year, the assessment went up $100, but I am still going to do the homework and file the appeal if it is warranted.
pat thomas June 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
They have to make up the DeKalb County school system shortfall somehow. So, it's back to the north DeKalb cash cow for more money. They raise our residents' assessments because they can't justify it as easily in any other part of the county on such a large-scale blanket money grab. They figure since the houses went down in value even on the north side, raise the land values on the north side. Last year, according to the county, the land my house is on was worth twice the value of the house. Maybe I should just knock down the house, sell the land, and move out of DeKalb County.
Jordan Fox June 01, 2012 at 01:41 PM
From Beth Nathan of the North Briarcliff Civic Association (NBCA): Harrison Rogers, a realtor in the NBCA area who saw a 90% increase in his assessment, has created a blog at http://dekalbtax.blogspot.com/ for discussion of current tax assessment issues AND a Survey of Tax Assessment Increases. He says "Once I have a good sampling of data I will contact our county officials to request that they resend corrected ANNUAL NOTICE OF ASSESSMENTS so that we can avoid the appeals process all together. "
Mike Kondalski June 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
My assessment went up $75k which is an increase of 65%. Is that not crazy! I know nothing similar has sold that high since last year. I will be appealing.
patathomas June 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A new city will not help property tax assessments. In or out of a city, DeKalb County is still going to assess the value of any property inside the county. If anything, and the hopes of the BrookhavenYes people are realized, property taxes will increase because property values will increase with the Brookhaven branding.
Eric H June 04, 2012 at 08:13 PM
True a new city won't change property tax assessments since that will still be handled by the County Tax Assessor. Though I think the point was that if property values have increased in the Brookhaven area that means increased tax revenues which makes the proposed city more financially viable. And true if a city raises our property values (which I think will happen from the greater sense of identity) that our assessed values will go up. Though as long as the Freeze is in effect it only raises taxes when the home is sold or renovated. And true because of the Freeze increased values won't have a huge or immediate impact on the numbers because as stated the increased revenues only comes when the home is sold or renovated or when there is new development. Note the county also benefits from any increased values due to the creation of a City of Brookhaven. One nice thing about being inside 285 is that there is a limited supply of land iniside 285, so we have a limited commodity. I sometimes think people don't recognize what the area has to offer.
patathomas June 04, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Eric, you gleaned all that from the comment by GuruLikeDrucker? Very talented. Of course all of what you say is common knowledge, but I don't think the GuruLikeDrucker comment even implied that. Following the statement "...increased by as much as 20% to 40%," the sentence, "I don't know that Dekalb County do more to support the argument for a City of Brookhaven" (sic) is a non sequitur. It doesn't follow logically. I'm done.
Eric H June 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Pat? Yes I read his statement as saying because DeKalb raised values it supports the case that Brookhaven is financially viable. Though yes its not clear, you could be right that he's saying the appraisal process would be different if there was a city. Or maybe he's saying higher taxes will make people want a city? And as you said the rest of what I said is just common sense! Thank you for the compliment! I like to think I have a little bit of Common Sense. ;-)
GuruLikeDrucker June 04, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I understand that tax values for many of the homes inside the proposed city of Brookhaven were increased by as much as 20% to 40%. I don't know that Dekalb County could do more to support the argument for a City of Brookhaven.
GuruLikeDrucker June 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I think that both you and Eric ended up with a similar observation (higher taxes). I can only wonder how these higher property values (and resulting taxes) will influence the economic outlook for the proposed city. Eric makes a good point, "increased tax revenues... make the proposed city more financially viable." I wonder what those opposed to the city might say?
Charles Wimsett February 26, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I'm an out of state home owner. My values keep going up and I have appealed. I sent in comparable sales in my actual neighborhood ,as requested by the board, showing that my house's assessment should be lowered by 19% and they keep rejecting my appeal. Are these people morons or are they jacking me around because it cost me too much to come up there and appeal again in person? Does anyone know of an attorney that will take a contingency case?

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