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April 23, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 23

Man upset with property tax bill

 

Yesterday, I received my property tax statements for 2012 and I am very disappointed in the office of Floyd County Assessor Patricia Badger-Byrd.

In December, like many other residents of Floyd County, I received notice of a reassessment of my Floyd County properties. I was shocked to see that all three parcels of land that I own were reassessed upwards by as much as 350 percent. This was especially surprising as I just four months earlier had all three parcels appraised by two independent appraisers at values that were lower than what the county had previously appraised the property for. 

I was told by the appraisers that the lower appraisal reflected the drop in property values that accompanied the 2008 recession. I called the Floyd County Assessor’s office to inquire why the property had been reassessed at such a high rate and was told it was not due to increased property values, but because the state had told their office that Floyd County lagged behind the rest of the state in appraised property values. I then sent the assessor’s office copies of my independent appraisals and advised them that the house next door (of nearly comparable value) had sold for half of what they had appraised my home/land for, appealing their reassessment.

Last week when I received my property tax statement (five months after my appeal), I again called the assessor’s office and informed them that I had received the statement, but had not received a reply to my appeal. The lady who answered the office phone told me that there were still more than a thousand appeals pending and that they had not had time to review them yet. She said everyone is to pay the higher tax rates by the May due date regardless of whether or not the higher rate is appropriate. If the tax rate is reduced as a result of my appeal, she continued, I will receive a refund at some future date.

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