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Property reassessment update Board of Equalization members named

Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal is in the process of meeting with landowners who wish to discuss their new assessments, with notices mailed out on Nov. 1. Blue Ridge will now be taking appointments through Monday, Nov. 18.

Those wishing to schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge should call (540) 775-3354. The meetings are being held by appointment only in the County Administration Building Board Room, 10459 Courthouse Dr., Suite 105. The county administration building is the Revercomb Building, located behind the King George Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.).

Property owners who disagree with their valuations will have a second opportunity to dispute them. In addition to an appointment with Blue Ridge, landowners will also be able to schedule an appointment to meet with a Board of Equalization early in the new calendar year.

NOMINATIONS MADE FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
The King George Board of Supervisors approved nominations for the names of five county residents for a Board of Equalization. That action took place at last week’s meeting on Nov. 6. The names now go forward to the Circuit Court for appointment.

Supervisors followed the board’s tradition of one nomination coming from each member of the board, generally from the district they represent. Those nominated are Terry Collins by At-Large Supervisor Dale Sisson, Kenneth Allwine by Shiloh Supervisor Cedell Brooks, Richard Snow by Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo, Stan Palivoda by James Monroe Supervisor John LoBuglio, and John Cheadle by Supervisor James Madison Joe Grzeika.  

Those names had been forwarded by board members since the last meeting to provide county attorney Eric Gregory the chance to ensure that the proposed membership makeup conformed to state law.

At least one member must be a resident of the county and a majority of the members must be freeholders of real property in King George. Thirty percent of the members must be commercial or residential real estate appraisers, other real estate professionals, builders, developers, or legal or financial professionals.

Appointees must attend a basic course of instruction given by the Virginia Department of Taxation following appointment.

Also at last week’s meeting, Supervisors authorized advertisement for a public hearing on Dec. 3 to approve a resolution setting out deadlines for real estate tax assessment equalization applications and for the Board of Equalization to decide on those applications.

DATES TO BE SET FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION APPLICATIONS
King George is on a four-year reassessment cycle for property values, which means that when assessments are completed, they will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The Code of Virginia requires each locality to periodically perform a general reassessment to determine each property’s fair market value and its equalization in value to similar properties. The previous general reassessment was effective January 1, 2010.

Unless a property’s value is adjusted by Blue Ridge or ‘equalized’ by the Board of Equalization, the assessed value contained in notices sent out to landowners on Nov. 1 will stand. The new assessments will affect values and tax rates for the next four years beginning with the first half tax bill payable in June 2014.  
March 31, 2014 is proposed as the final day for landowners to file an application with the Board of Equalization to request a change in assessed value. May 30 is proposed as the deadline date for the Board of Equalization to make all decisions in regard to applications received.

Those dates are to be finalized following the public hearing to be held on Dec. 3.

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