Albany -- Property tax assessors are out there on the streets looking over Dougherty County property to determine what it's worth. It will take at least a year to complete the process, and then you will likely find a notice that your taxes have increased.
Peyton Rheney, like other Lee Countians just received a notice in the mail that the value of his home has increased, and so will his taxes. "Oh yes, yes it did, so you know, I can certainly understand people's concerns when they see me coming I guess."
Some residents aren't so friendly with the thought. "Actually I've had a dog bite me. So, yeah, it can get kind of hairy out there, but I've gotten used to it," Rheney said.
And for the most part, so have the folks he, as a data collector, is coming to visit. "Basically their first comment is, 'Are my taxes going up?' and I just tell them that I can't answer that. I just tell 'em what I'm here to do and that's it."
The actual appraisal is done after all the information is gathered, including location and the sales price of other homes in the area, then you'll find out what the tax will be.
And chances are, it will be higher. It's been about five years since a revaluation was done in Dougherty County. In five years, the median price of homes has jumped 30 percent. So, let's say your current assessed value is $100,000. With that valuation and the current millage rates, your property taxes, if you live inside the city limits are $1,728.00.
But if the 30% increase is added, and the value jumps to $130,000, your new property tax would jump by more than five hundred dollars to $2,246.40.
Peyton says, "Generally, it's fairly well received. There are some that are concerned about the tax situation." But don't be too concerned yet. There is a possibility that the millage rate will be rolled-back, or lowered, and that you won't have to pay more.
Regardless of the amount, it won't be happening any time soon. The revaluation won't be complete for more than a year.
If you believe the tax value put on your home isn't fair, you can appeal to the tax assessor.