August 12, 2016
By now you should have received your property tax bill. Did your property taxes go up again? Unless your property is in conservation, your taxes most likely went up—especially if you have a home in Jasper County.
Even though you may pay your taxes in two (2) installments—September 20 and December 20, 2016—you do not have to pay your taxes in September. As long as you pay your entire property tax bill by December 20, 2016, there is no penalty and no interest due. This option gives you the opportunity to hold on to your own money for a few months longer instead of providing access to it by the Jasper County BOC and Jasper County School Board.
If you appealed your property tax assessment, the property tax bill you received does not reflect that appeal. The Board of Assessors did not get out their appeal notices until a few days ago. If you got a denial by the BOA, and plan to appeal your assessment further, you only owe 85% of the tax bill on December 20, unless your appeal is settled before then.
If your appeal was denied, it will automatically be sent to the Board of Equalization- a 3 person board made up of citizens- who will set up a day and time to hear your appeal. You will get a notice from that board. If you do not like their decision, you can appeal to the Jasper County Superior Court.
Your appeal can be based on “equalization”, meaning your property is not valued the same as similar properties. You can also base your appeal on taxability and value. If you think your value is too high, you need to find similar properties that are valued lower than your property and present those facts at your BOE hearing.
You can find all properties and do a search by value, square footage and/or year built at the BOA website. www.jaspercountyboa.org