20,000 appeal property assessments

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Owners of more than 20,000 properties have asked county officials for a new look at their assessments for taxes.

The majority of Gwinnett residents had a deadline of Monday to file a notice of appeal for the assessment, which determines how much people will pay in property taxes, although, due to an error, homeowners in Buford have another two weeks to file paperwork.

While some appeals are expected to continue to come in the mail, officials said 18,662 residential appeals have been filed, with another 3,636 commercial appeals. The number is well below the more than 30,000 appeals filed in 2011.

Information about the values questioned in the appeals was not immediately available.

Property assessments have been controversial in Gwinnett for decades, although tales of drastic increases during high growth years have recently turned to dips due to the housing market collapse.

Earlier this year, Gwinnett's Chief Appraiser said about 80,000 homes showed a decrease in value at an average of 22 percent. The drop caused a $2.5 billion adjustment in the residential market value for the county.

Because of the downward trend, officials planned for an 8.3 percent decrease in taxable value for properties, or about $2.1 billion, when the governments 2012 budget was adopted.


notblind 2 years, 10 months ago

If EVERY property owner in Gwinnett spent some time on the county's GIS site most would be shocked at the obvious disparity of valuations. The county is likely very happy that most property owners haven't taken the time to investigate the property valuations of the neighboring properties. If you don't do your own investigations you could easily have a valuation that is way higher than nearby properties. You think the county is watching out for you by reducing your valuation by a few percent but you may find that neighboring properties have appraisals up to 50% less than yours. Those with lower property appraisals took advantage of the GIS and appeals process and you didn't.

I my own investigations I have also found many highly under-appraised properties which is just plain stupid in this economy. These under-appraised properties are not paying their fair share of taxes while at the same time they are the justification used by neigboring properties for a reduction in their own appraisal.


kevin 2 years, 10 months ago

I have done this and yes, people need to take the time to do this. In my area, the County dropped values but left the land values the same for 100% of the properties, no matter how big or small. Do an analysis by tax per sq. feet and you will see the differences. People are becoming way to lazy to do anything themselves, especially research. They just complain. This is exactly why the U.S is in the shape it is in. total laziness.


toby 2 years, 10 months ago

I had my property value lowered last year, did a refi this year and the value dropped even more so I appealed again this year. Like notblind said, "pay your fair share" also means not paying more than your share.


Gundoctor1 2 years, 10 months ago

My two were actually pretty close to right after the huge mistake corrected last year.


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