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Average real estate values dropping 6%

Real estate values in King George are slated to drop an average of 6 percent when the new assessments go into effect this January.
That’s the latest announcement from Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals, which has been under contract with the county to conduct a reassessment of all property in the county for the last year.

The news does not mean all property owners will see a drop in their assessments. In fact, some have gone up.

In a release to the county last week, Blue Ridge’s Project Manager Mike Didawick said, “We are aware of downtrends in property, and we kept track of sales occurring in King George through September of this year. It has been four years since the last general reassessment and overall property values are generally 6 percent less than they were for the previous assessment.”

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Three contend for James Monroe spot

Of the four positions up for local election in King George on Nov. 3, there is only one that is contested.
That is the three-way race for the James Monroe seat on the King George Board of Supervisors.
The seat is currently held by Jim Howard. Challengers are John LoBuglio and William “Billy” McCoy, Jr.  

JAMES B. “JIM” HOWARD
James B. ‘’Jim’’ Howard has a long history of public service. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999 and is seeking a fourth consecutive term.
In addition to a previous stint on the Board of Supervisors in the mid-1970s, Howard also served an appointed term on the King George School Board from 1987-1991, including as chairman.  
Howard, 66, has lived in King George for nearly 40 years.  He grew up in neighboring Culpeper and moved to the county in 1970.  He and his wife, Shelia, have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.

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Two School Board district candidates run unopposed

There is little interest in seeking the seats on the King George School Board for the Nov. 3 election next month.
But at least there is one person in each of the two districts who want the positions enough to run for election.

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Property assessments being readied in King George

A real estate reassessment has been underway in King George and assessments are being readied by Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals that will go into effect next year.   
Blue Ridge’s Mike Didawick recently provided a brief report on his company’s reassessment process to the Board of Supervisors.  
Didawick said on Sept. 15 that the county has about 12,500 parcels, adding that the company expected to finish up in the intervening weeks.
With the current economy, will property values go up or down?  
Didawick said three weeks ago that there were only about 500 parcels left to process.  But “it’s too early to say what is going to happen to the values.”  
Didawick noted that land values in King George remain strong, adding, “There may be a slight increase in land values.”
 “Raw land is still increasing in value everywhere, including this county,” he said.
Some owners of vacant lots may be in for a larger hike in values than they expect. Didawick told supervisors that when the last assessment was performed four years ago, there were about 300 vacant lots that were skipped for reassessment.  
Didawick said they discovered that those lots continued to carry the previous values from the previous assessment. That previous assessment was done by another company, Tri-County Appraisals.
Commissioner of Revenue Faye Lumpkin, the contract administrator for the assessment, said she was not aware of that report.
Didawick had also told supervisors that the previous assessments for numerous houses with attached garages with living areas above them were likewise incorrectly valued at garage above garage, instead of living area above garage. He said those corrections have been made for the upcoming assessment.  

REASSESSMENT NOTICES TO GO OUT
Didawick noted that Blue Ridge would prepare and mail reassessment notices to property owners on or about Oct. 16.  
Didawick could not be reached by phone this week for confirmation of the mailing date of the assessment notices. Lumpkin likewise could provide no information on when the mailing would go out.
Such notices typically contain information about the valuation of property and would be expected to include a phone number, along with dates and timeframes for hearings for property owners who wish to protest the amount of their property assessments and want to schedule an appointment.  
Didawick stated that property owners who attend a hearing will receive written responses.
The hearings are expected to take place in the Revercomb Administration Building, located behind the Courthouse in the Combs Board room on the ground floor of the administration building.  
Property books are expected to be available for residents to inspect, so they can compare their property valuations with other comparable properties in their area of the county.  
Generally, property owners who wish to be successful in protesting the valuations would be expected to bring proof that the assessment is too high, such as a recent professional appraisal or evidence of lower selling prices for similar properties recently sold in the area.

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KG Farmers Market Family Fun Day

What a happy day on Saturday! Our Family Fun Day brought more people into the market than ever before!
With cheerful greeters giving a warm welcome to all market visitors, hot coffee at the Wheeler’s stand for a donation, free music and drama, door prize and Basket Walk giveaways, pumpkins, corn shocks, fresh-baked bread and other goodies, and tons of beautiful fresh produce, there was something for everyone to enjoy!
Special thanks to Dave Derieux who, as Johnny Appleseed, passed out hundreds of free apples (compliments of Slater’s Farm) to visitors in honor of John Chapman’s 235th birthday!

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