Property reappraisal notices to begin arriving this week
Obion County property owners will begin receiving reappraisal notices via mail as early as Saturday, according to county tax assessor Kathy Robertson.
By state law, all counties must update property values at least once each six years. The last update was in 2002.
Robertson said she and her staff have worked with the Tennessee Division of Property Assessments several months analyzing sales data and other information to update appraised values.
“Post card-type notices were mailed from Nashville Thursday,” she said. “When you receive your card, look it over and decide whether you believe it a reasonable estimate of value. If you agree with it, you do not have to do anything. If you disagree, call 885-5928 to make an appointment to discuss it with one of the appraisal staff.”
Beginning Monday, Mrs. Robertson’s appraisal team will be temporarily housed in the Junior Building at the Obion County Fairgrounds.
Office hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through May 16 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 19-20.
Robertson requests that property owners not call or visit the assessor’s office at the courthouse during the reappraisal period. All records and most of the staff will be made available at the temporary office at the fairgrounds.
“A reappraisal does not always mean a tax increase,” Mrs. Robertson said. “Tennessee law requires that all counties calculate a certified tax rate. This is a lower rate applied to the increased assessments. The certified rate can only bring in the same revenue county-wide as the old higher rate applied to the lower assessments. There is not a flat percentage increase applied to any class of property.
“There, we cannot answer the question, ‘How much are taxes going up?’ In a reappraisal, new rates per square foot, price per acre, lot prices and so forth are applied to your property as it is already listed on our records. Some property will increase, some will stay about the same and some will actually see a decrease.”
Mrs. Robertson urges property owners to be patient. Things may get hectic. There are three phone lines associated with the above phone number, “but there are about 20,000 parcels of property in the county.”
“If you cannot get through by phone, feel free to come by. We will see you between other appointments or schedule an appointment for you to come back.”
Published in The Messenger 5.9.08