The property tax bills have gone out which always generates many questions from homeowners in the Cumming GA real estate market in Forsyth County about how they can appeal the county’s valuation of their property.
As a Forsyth County real estate owner, you certainly have the right to appeal the property value used to determine your tax rate, but you have only 45 days to do so once the state-required assessment notice has been sent (mailings began on May 15th).
As you can imagine, the county does not want to go through the full process for each and every property, so the best thing a homeowner can do is start with a call to the Tax Assessor’s office or by visiting the office to discuss your concerns with a staff appraiser. Tax Assessor’s contact information
To have the best chance of success, I would strongly advise that you arrive with a list of comparable properties that have sold for a price below the county’s appraised value. *They have already determined what they deem the value to be, so it will be up to you to prove your case and this is the easiest way to do so.
If this does not provide the result you desire, then you have three different appeal options.
1) Board of Equalization: Hearing board comprised of three citizens appointed by the Grand Jury to hear property tax appeals. There is no charge for this option of the appeal process.
2) Arbitration Without an Appeal to Superior Court: Appeal to a hearing officer with no right to appeal to Superior Court. (there is a fee involved)
3) Non-Homestead Property Appeal – For property valued at more than $1,000,000 you can appeal to a hearing officer with appeal rights to Superior Court. (there is a fee involved)
Property owners wishing to appeal their property value must submit the appeal in writing (GA property tax appeal form) and should indicate which appeal process they elect to utilize. See property tax appeal option details
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