Fulton County residents question property tax values - CBS46 News

Fulton County residents question property tax values

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Fulton County sent out approximately 331,000 tax assessments to property owners, and many said they are not happy with the values.

"I had an assessment that went up 100 percent, so the range is huge," said Barbara Payne of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation, a group that advocates on behalf of taxpayers.

The state this year lifted a three-year moratorium on property tax increases so some homeowners and businesses have seen their assessments skyrocket.

"My taxes are $1,200 to $1,300 a month," said Dr. Jay Hammer, who has a home on Northside Drive.

He said the assessment has jumped 50 percent to nearly $1 million.

"If they're telling me I'm going to find somebody who's going to buy my house for a million dollars, I'd like to meet that person," Hammer said. "But I don't know where they're coming up with the numbers." 

Hammer also owns a chiropractic office in Fulton County and said the value of that property has also jumped. However, he said assessments of properties he owns in South Fulton County have dropped dramatically.

"Now that this moratorium has been lifted, it's carte blanche," Payne said. "They can increase where they see fit. Now we are seeing decreases as well but the decreases are not reflective of market value."

County spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt said the assessor's office uses a variety of methods to determine property values, including personally visiting properties, aerial photos and data analysis.

Corbitt said overall, there was a decline in value of approximately 3.5 percent.

She said the county urges anyone unhappy with their assessment to appeal. 

For more on the appeal process, click here.

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