2013 property tax notices mailed; protest deadline July 5



Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong and deputy revenue commissioner Sandy Buchanan discuss the June 4 mailing of property tax Notice of Value statements. County residents whose property has increased in value since last year will receive them in the mail soon. Those whose property did not increase in value will not receive notices.

Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong and deputy revenue commissioner Sandy Buchanan discuss the June 4 mailing of property tax Notice of Value statements. County residents whose property has increased in value since last year will receive them in the mail soon. Those whose property did not increase in value will not receive notices.

On June 4, the Blount County Board of Equalization mailed a Notice of Value to all county property owners whose property increased in value over the last year. Values are set and based on the annual sales ratio study performed by the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Individuals whose property remained the same or decreased in value were not notified, but a list showing the current assessed valuation is open for public inspection in the office of Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong.

The assessed valuation is used to calculate the amount of ad valorem taxes owed on each parcel of property. A legal notice on the procedure was published in this newspaper, as required by law, on May 22 and May 29.

“I want to remind citizens of this procedure and the deadline associated with it, because it’s the only time provided for them by law to protest the valuation for the upcoming tax period,” Armstrong said. “You are certainly welcome to visit our office or call any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss this or related matters,” he added.

Any citizen not satisfied with the valuation of their property may protest the valuation by filing their objections in writing with the secretary of the Board of Equalization by July 5. The Board will hold hearings to consider such protests. Written protests may be submitted in person at the Revenue Commission Office or mailed to the Blount County Board of Equalization at 220 2nd Avenue East, Room 105, Oneonta, Alabama, 35121. For more information, call 274-6982.

“I want people to understand that the Blount County Revenue Commission cannot raise your taxes,” Armstrong said. “The only people who can raise taxes are the Legislature, the county commission, and the municipalities. The Revenue Commission doesn’t have the authority to set the ratios on which your taxes are based. The state does that. I would welcome anyone who feels that the ratio the state has set is incorrect to come in and protest it before the Board of Equalization. Errors are made occasionally, and we can correct those in the Revenue Office. The Board of Equalization may also rule in your favor, depending on the documentation you provide.

“I don’t want anybody to pay one cent more than they should for property taxes. We all should pay what we’re obligated to pay, but not one cent more. I will do whatever I can to help people through the process,” Armstrong said.