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Huge turnout for Fulton County tax assessment town hall

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Nearly 400 people packed a town hall meeting Thursday night to voice their concerns about high property tax bills recently received by Fulton County home owners.

County Commissioner Bob Ellis hosted the event at the Water Resources Operation Center in Alpharetta.

The meeting, which lasted three and a half hours, gave residents the chance to vent after many of them received bills that were more than 50 percent higher than last year. 

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

The tax assessors office told CBS46 News that the average assessment rose 12 percent from 2016. 

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.

Two more town hall meetings are scheduled about the property assessments:

  • 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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