Come to the Farm Bureau in two weeks to hear
Tax Assessor staff present their updates and provide your input
for changes to the
rural land revaluation, this time taking into account rivers, aquifer recharge zones, and uniformity.
Maybe the Tax Assessors actually don’t want more flooding in Valdosta;
both the City of Valdosta and GA-EDP have already shown interest in attending
about that point.
At an appeal on my property valuation,
the Board of Equalization stopped short of actually ordering the Tax Assessors to redo last year’s rural land revaluation, because staff volunteered Continue reading →
See for yourself the Tax Assessor response to local landowners, in these
LAKE videos of
last night’s meeting at Farm Bureau.
Do you think there’s a problem?
If so, what do you think we should do to fix it?
The attendees appointed Gretchen to take notes. Here are her notes,
followed by the videos.
Accessibility is not about access, it’s about geographic location…. That was done by one of our appraisers on staff. —Chief Appraiser Silas Hrobar
Rural and commercial land owners got surprises in the mail in July
when they received the updated assessments of their properties.
Lowndes County Assessors engaged a contractor last year to help with
the reassessments of approximately 10,000 properties. Rural
properties were categorized as small (under 20 acres) and large
(over 20 acres) but complaints were the same, inconsistent and
confusing application of criteria.
9. Citizens Wishing to be Heard-Please State Your Name and Address
Craig Cardella’s concern was that the County Commission does not have enough money
to do things that are important to the community.
He said he had given a similar talk to Valdosta Mayor and Council recently.
He said he had been a city manager in the past, and had worked in and around
local government nearly all his career.
Brad Shealy from the District Attorney’s office called back.
The reason there was no decision at day before yesterday’s
Grand Jury meeting was there were no applicants.
He said qualifications include you must be 18, a high school
graduate, and a property owner, presumably meaning real estate.
Plus you have to go to Tifton or Athens for a 40 hour course.
Which he said is better than it used to be when the only
location for the course was Athens: Tifton is close enough
to drive up and back daily.
If you want to serve, please contact the Clerk of Court
(see below for her number).
When will new members be appointed to the Board of Equalization,
who are the candidates, and how are people to know?
Maybe you’d like to volunteer.
If so, send your resume to the Clerk of Court (not the County Clerk).
Apparently you have about two weeks.
Lowndes County is looking for volunteers to be members of the Board
of Equalization (BOE). The purpose of the BOE is to hear property
tax disputes between the Lowndes County Board of Assessors (BOA) and
property owners. The board must not be biased towards the Lowndes
County Assessor’s office or the taxpayer. It hears evidence from
both sides and decides, based on the evidence presented, what the
value of the contested property should be. The board may: