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Fulton Tax Assessment: Learn About the Process, Ask Questions of Local Leaders

A meeting next week will go over the county's tax assessment process and how an appeal can be made.

Fulton County District 3 Commissioner Liz Hausmann will host a community meeting next Tuesday to give homeowners a chance to learn about the tax assessment process.

Members of the Fulton County Board of Assessors will be on hand to answer questions about how tax assessments are determined and how to appeal an assessment.

The Fulton County Assessors’ Office recently had to mail approximately 945 corrected assessment notices to owners affected by a coding problem in the appraisal system. The notices are for parcels that should have had the values frozen by appeals to the Board of Equalization, according to Chief Appraiser David Fitzgibbon.

Fitzgibbon said a small group of parcels failed to roll over the code in the system that maintains the previous year’s value from a BOE decision and the value changed.

The glitch in the system was discovered through ongoing quality control checks, said Fitzgibbon, who added that all corrections were made to all parcels affected.

“The code, which holds the value to the prior year’s value, was removed in the calculation process was not discovered until the notices had been mailed,” he said.

“Parcels with this error make up a very small group of parcels,” he added, “Especially when compared to the total number of assessment notices mailed.”

Fitzgibbon said that added measures will be instituted in the system to ensure the problem does not occur again. All owners who have or will receive corrected notices have 45 days from the date on the notice to file an appeal if they do not agree with the value on the notice.

The meeting lead by Hausmann on Tuesday will be an information session only and not the venue for filing an appeal. Homeowners who plan to file an appeal can go to the county website for information about the appeal process.

The community meeting will take place Tuesday, June 12 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Alpharetta Family YMCA, 3655 Preston Ridge Road in Alpharetta. For more information contact, Dewayne S. Pinckney, Secretary to the Board of Assessors: dewayne.pincknew@fultoncountyga/gov  or call 404-612-6404.

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