Did Your Property Tax Assessment Go Up?

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?

Jenny B June 05, 2012 at 12:47 PM
73% increase - I bought my house at market peak in 2008 - my late 2011 appraisal for a refi (that I barely qualified due to its decrease in market value) is almost half what the county says the value is. I was going to appeal anyway; this just made it a bigger appeal.
Nick June 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
"bigger appeal"...lol!
Nick June 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Just read an AJC article about tax assessments...and how one homeowner is skeptical the county will reassess his property...i kinda feel that way, too (haven't started my appeal yet)...BUT...this is a case where the people really hold the power...if they don't lower our assessments, we can not shop in Dekalb county, until they are forced to lower the assessments...hopefully it won't come to that, but if it does, it's an option...
Rae Harkness September 20, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Diane, I work for the Tax Commissioner. Have executed successful appeals.
Rae Harkness September 20, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Just remember, Claudia Lawson does not set Property Assessments, her duty is to collect the tax money set by the Tax Assessors. Don't shoot the messenger!


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