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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?

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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