In Cobb County, the job of setting the value for all taxable homes in the county is handled by the Cobb County Board of Tax Assessors. In the event that you disagree with this value, you should definitely appeal it because it will directly impact the amount of money you pay in property taxes moving forward. To do so, simply fill out and submit the appropriate form on the Tax Assessors' website.
Having said that, you should still make an effort to better understand how this process works, and where your own valuation may have gone wrong. Doing so will help provide you with the actionable information you need to submit your property tax assessment appeal in the right way.
Cobb County Property Taxes: An Overview
By far, the most important thing to understand about Cobb County is that they don't actually assess or re-evaluate properties on a set schedule. Many people assume that they do so every three years, but that isn't actually the case. By law, the Board of Tax Assessors must maintain a "fair market value" for your property - meaning the amount of money they realistically feel you can sell it for.
Therefore, in a particularly hot or active market, or when the prices of homes in your area continue to increase, it's entirely possible that you may get assessed on consecutive years.
When you get your Assessment Notice in the mail, it will likely provide a reason for any increase or decrease that your value saw since the last time an evaluation happened. New construction is one of the major reasons why the value of your home may go up - with things like major renovations, new in-ground pools and similar elements being prime candidates.
Your value could have simply been adjusted due to the larger market going on around you, as outlined above. The Board of Tax Assessors must make sure that A) the value it's using for tax purposes is B) at or at least within 10% of the fair market value given all available information.
At this point, it's clear that the process of filing a Cobb County property tax assessment appeal can be frustrating - which is why the team at Fair Assessments is prepared to do so on your behalf. We'll state your case in a clear, concise way - giving us the best possible chance at generating the outcome that you're after.
If you'd like to learn more about filing a Cobb County property tax assessment appeal, or if you'd just like to speak to someone about your own needs in a bit more detail, please contact Fair Assessments today.