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Special meeting to be held to address high property assessments

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Several Fulton County homeowners are expected to attend a tax assessors meeting Thursday to complain about unusually high property appraisals.

After the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office issued assessment notices to more than 320,000 properties, many property owners across Fulton County saw significant valuation increases, in line with market trends.

The Fulton County Commission chairman and vice-chairman are asking the Board of Assessors to rescind the 2017 tax assessments. 

Many homeowners complained after receiving the assessments, saying property values increased by as much as 50 percent. They worry the higher assessments will result in sky-high tax bills.

The tax assessors office told CBS46 News that the average assessment rose 12 percent from 2016. Some homeowners say they saw an increase of as much as 75 percent.

Dwight Robinson, the county's chief appraiser, says the numbers don't lie. He told the county chairman and vice-chairman on Wednesday that after years of ignoring a rising market, the county could be fined by the state if the assessments remain out of compliance.

County commission vice chairman Bob Ellis told Robinson he was insulted by his explanation that the public should blame the math and not him.

"You also have a role related to transparency communication and credibility and none of that's taken place," said Ellis. "Notices went out late. The appeal dates were wrong in the notices. The website's not correct and doesn't have the 2017 notices. Therefore, the notices just aren't proper."

The decision to rescind the notices now rests with the Fulton County Board of Assessors. The board will hold a special meeting on Thursday at 12 p.m. at the Fulton County Board of Assessors offices at 235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1400, in Atlanta. 

Three Fulton County commissioners have scheduled town hall meetings about the property assessments:

  • District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis, Thursday June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fulton County Water Resources Operations Center at 11575 Maxwell Road in Alpharetta.
  • District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann Wednesday June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus at 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta.
  • District 3 Commissioner Lee Morris June 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church at 4393 Garmon Rd NW in Atlanta.

Property owners who disagree with the current year value on their assessment notice have a 45-day appeal window.  Residents should note that the appeals deadline is Monday, July 10.

Appeals may be submitted online, in person, or by mail.

For more information call 404-612-6440 or go online to www.fultonassessor.org.

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