FAIR WARNING PEOPLE—EXPECT YOUR PROPERTY TAXES TO RISE AGAIN IN 2017
November 16, 2016
At the recent 11/7/16 meeting, Chief Assessor Lynn Bentley gave a 23 minute presentation to the BOC about “why she does what she does.” It is her job to oversee the property values in this county and to make sure they are correctly valued in uniformity with other similar properties.
The State has guidelines and standards that each county must follow. Ms. Bentley went over some of these with the commissioners, but it was obvious the information concerning PRD’s and COD’s, sales ratios, means and medians, the “top number” and “bottom number” was over everyone’s head.
Ms. Bentley addressing the BOC, said, “Why do I do this? Because I want to raise taxes or have appeals? No!” She went on to say that she has to keep raising values to keep the ratio at 40 because the real estate market is moving fast. The State requires all property to be valued at Fair Market Value (FMV) and the sales ratio to be somewhere between 36 and 40.
Comm. Luke asked, “What does this say to John Q Public?” Lynn Bentley answered, “Their values are going up again. This is my job. They will get a new assessment every year.”
Comm. Trammell assured everyone that “Jasper County was in the middle” and our taxes weren’t too high compared to surrounding counties. This is not comforting coming from someone who has not minded raising our taxes 22% over the past 3 years.
Folks, go ahead and start saving now, because your next property assessment notice will be in the mailbox before you know it.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.