Assessment notices were mailed to each property owner in June and that notice showed the 2013 property value. Property owners are given a 45-day period to file an appeal if they feel that the value is too low or too high.
Of the real property notices mailed, 24 percent had no change in value; 63 percent had a decrease in value; and 13 percent had an increase in value. To appeal a value, a property owner can use forms available in the Appraisal Department (first floor, Douglas County Courthouse); on the Appraisal page of the county web site at www.celebratedouglascounty.com; or by simply writing a letter to the Board of Assessors stating that the property owner feels that the stated valuation is too high or too low.
The appeal form has a second page that presents questions to the property owner that would be helpful in an appeal, and property owners are encouraged to provide answers and supporting documentation. The property owner can provide independent assessments, comparative property sales reports, and other information to support the appeal request if desired.
To help answer questions about the property assessment form and appeal options, dctv23’s monthly legal information show, “Legally Speaking,” is featuring a discussion on what everything on the form represents, and how to appeal.
The show, which airs daily at 10 p.m. except Fridays, is also available on demand on www.dctv23.com. Douglas County Chief Appraiser Benny Waldrop and Board of Assessors’ Attorney Robert Kunz appear on the show.
Appeals are required by state law to be in the Appraisal Department by at 5 p.m., or postmarked with a time stamp by the U. S. Postal Service before that time.
The deadline cannot be extended by local officials.The Douglas County Appraisal Department may be contacted at (770) 920-7228 with questions.