June is protest month for 2012 assessed property valuation

On May 25, 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. 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 Chris Green.

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 16 and May 23.

“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. You are certainly welcome to visit the Revenue Commission Office or call any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss this or related matters,” Green said.

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 June 25. 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 Ave. East, Room 105, Oneonta, Alabama 35121.