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2-4-08 Oconee Citizens Alert- Tired of spiraling tax assessments and spending- file return now

It makes sense that property values are down by some (%) percentage because of the market. The “Fast Growth” Market” has raised all of our values annually for several years. Now we can use the Market to change the assessment to current and more realistic values.

AVOC

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February 2, 2008

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Oconee Citizens Alert- Tired of spiraling tax assessments and spending- file return now

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Filing Property Tax Return to lower assessment values

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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It is amazing how much you can learn and never go to the courthouse.  A good exercise for a cold or rainy day!!     The State Revenue Department and Tax Officials around the state have placed a wealth of information online concerning taxes, values, sales etc.

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It makes sense that property values are down by some (%) percentage because of the market.   The “Fast Growth” Market” has raised all of our values annually for several years.Now we can use the Market to change the assessment to current and more realistic values.   To do so, one needs information about values of similar properties; i.e.: Recent Sales Data on Assessors Site

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Using the information available at the County Tax Assessors Site, one can complete a new Return for 2008.   SEE:   http://qpublic.net/ga/oconee/index-search.html.   The Tax Return Form must be filed between January 1 and April 1 of each calendar year. http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/County/LGS_Local_Property_Tax_Facts_for_the_County_of_Oconee.pdf

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PROPERTY TAX RETURN FORM  (PT50R)

http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/adm/forms/pt50r/index.aspx

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Oconee County citizens and taxpayers can check their tax assessments and those of neighbors.   Information on sales of properties in Oconee County and other considerable information is now available at the Oconee Tax Assessors Public Web Site.Click on:  http://qpublic.net/ga/oconee/index-search.html.

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Go to Search Records (by Owner) and put in last name and then a first name.  It will bring up owners and parcels.  Click on the Parcel No on left side and it will give breakdown as to size, exemption and values.   Then click on Map on right side and it will bring up the map of the property.  You can click on surrounding parcels and the owner name, parcel number etc will come up.

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Back at the home search page you can click on Sales and a list by each month comes up.  You can go through those and see size, sale date and price.

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One can also obtain a Tax Return Form online and use Online Information to complete it.

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You can also check Tax Bills status as to year, amount and paid status.  That information is located at a Tax Commissioner Sitehttp://www.oconeecountytax.com/

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If the assessment is not lowered based on the return, one can appeal to the Board of Tax Assessors and then to the Board of Equalizers.   More information on that process is available at: http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/County/LGS_Local_Property_Tax_Facts_for_the_County_of_Oconee.pdf


FILIING RETURN TO LOWER ASSESSMENT VALUE

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SEE:  http://qpublic.net/ga/oconee/index-search.html.   The Tax Return Form must be filed between January 1 and April 1 of each calendar year.

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For more information, SEE: http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/County/LGS_Local_Property_Tax_Facts_for_the_County_of_Oconee.pdf

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PROPERTY TAX RETURN FORM   (PT50R)

http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/adm/forms/pt50r/index.aspx

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Many forms for filing Real and Personal Property forms are available at the following link
http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/ptd/adm/forms/index.aspx

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FOR BACKGROUND AND MORE LINKS, SEE:

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4-23-07 Oconee Tax Assessments & Tax Increases

3-22-07 Oconee County BOC has huge “SLUSH FUND” – Overtaxing!

3-30-07 Oconee’s Melvin Davis could give tax break of over $ 200 for $ 200,000 Homeowners

8-6-07 Property tax problems ahead for Oconee - Housing Slump is part of an economic cycle- supply and demand

6-13-05 Oconee Can Afford More Property Tax Relief - Sales Taxes Part 1

6-13-05 Oconee Sales Tax (LOST) For General Fund - Part 2

6-13-05 Oconee SPLOST Sales Tax (Capital Projects) 1993-2005 Part 3

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COUNTY’S - July 2006 - BALANCE SHEET   Oconee.Audit.Summary.7.06.Audit.3.16.07.pdf x


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