In Cobb County, the Board of Equalization is actually a division of the Superior Court Clerk. It's made up of three people who live in Cobb County and who own real property within the area.
New board members are appointed by the Grand Jury, and they are required to take a specific Oath of Office indicating that they will "faithfully and impartially" complete all duties set forth before them.
In the event that you want to dispute your property taxes in Cobb County, the Board of Equalization is who you will likely go through. Doing so isn't entirely complicated, but it does require you to keep a few key things in mind.
The Cobb County Board of Equalization: Your Overview
In Cobb County, any property owners who feel like the fair market value on their annual assessment isn't accurate can appear in person in front of the Board of Equalization to present any evidence that supports their opinion. Note that the Board can also hear situations on taxability in general, on uniformity, and even on the denial of exemptions.
Regardless, you need to begin the process of filing your appeal no less than 45 days after you get your yearly notice of assessment in the mail.
After your appeal has been reviewed, one of two things will happen. If the Tax Assessor's Office decides that no change should be made to the value, the appeal will be forwarded to the Board of Equalization for a scheduled hearing. At this point, you'll have another chance to make your case before a final determination is made.
Or, if it's been decided that a change in value is in order, you'll get what is called a "value change notice" in the mail. If you still disagree with the new value, you'll have another 30 days to appeal once again.
Working with the Cobb County Board of Equalization isn't necessarily difficult - but it will require a tremendous amount of time and effort to make sure that things go as they should. Rather than go through that process alone, please feel free to enlist the team at Fair Assessments to do so on your behalf. Over the years we've gone through this process countless times and we've developed relationships with all the right people, allowing us to help navigate to a satisfying conclusion in the most effective way possible.
To find out more information about the Cobb County Board of Equalization, or to speak to someone about your own property tax needs in a bit more detail, please feel free to contact Fair Assessments today.