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5-2-08 Time to Tell Tax Assessors & Officials that the “Party is Over”!

Local governments need to slow down on spending, tighten budgets and slow the growth of bureaucracy instead of adding more of a tax burden to taxpayers. Oconee County has much more Sales Tax to spend because of commercial development during the last 10-12 years. However, most of us have not experienced a lowering of our property tax bills.

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May 1, 2008

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Time to Tell the Assessors that the “Party is Over”!!

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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I recently received an assessment notice of about a Ten Percent (10%) increase in the assessed value of my home.   Others have told me they received such notices.   Media reports indicate that Athens-Clarke County taxpayers got similar notices.   It is incredible that the assessors want to increase values during the worst housing downturn in years!   Houses are not selling.   It is a Buyer’s market.   

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Local governments have been relying on increased assessments to have more money to spend for several years.   It is time for citizens to let officials know that “the Party is Over!”.    The Housing Boom has “busted”.   One can ride around the countryside and see ample evidence of an overbuilt market.

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Legal grounds for appeal can involve issues of Value and Uniformity.   The Assessors need to show evidence of sales that show that prices of homes have risen.   The Assessors cannot pick and choose tax parcels to re-value.   Uniformity is required.    Comparable sales and assessments can be viewed by taxpayers to verify they are being treated “uniformly” and not singled out.

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To me, value is the strongest challenge to an assessment at this time.   One doubts that the assessors can show many neighborhood sales that are up.   The Assessors should show the Taxpayer the figures they use for such increases.    One can check the market by going to the Tax Assessors Website and bringing up one’s tax parcels.   Click on the map and see who adjoins you and how they are valued.  SEE DETAILS FOR ACCESS BELOW: http://qpublic.net/ga/oconee/index-search.html

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One can appeal the assessments with a letter to the Tax Assessors claiming errors in Value or Uniformity.   The Oconee County Notices were dated April 18 with a 45 day appeal time which is June 2 this year.

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The media tells us everyday how the economy is faltering.   We also hear how local governments are short on revenue.  Atlanta is discussing cutbacks and a tax increase.  Athens-Clarke County is talking a tax increase.Oconee’s increase ($ 50 Million Budget) will be kept quiet until after the July 15 Primary.   Citizens should be alert.

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Local governments need to slow down on spending, tighten budgets and slow the growth of bureaucracy instead of adding more of a tax burden to taxpayers.   Oconee County has much more Sales Tax to spend because of commercial development during the last 10-12 years.   However, most of us have not experienced a lowering of our property tax bills.


SEE GROWTH OF TAX RECEIPTS - Oconee.Sales.Taxes.08.LosSpl.3.23.08.pdf x

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3-23-08 Oconee Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Receipts FY 06-09

Received

FY06

FY07

FY08

July

410,745.92

483,903.26

474,904.34

August

397,299.12

477,048.60

431,563.33

September

437,783.94

528,311.41

537,230.20

October

440,102.29

511,534.64

412,281.19

Nov-Pro Rata Dist.

8,521.63

10,525.90

9,818.65

November

429,343.40

582,405.21

511,396.30

December

414,208.46

259,740.93

428,879.51

January

414,709.67

386,207.58

388,804.29

February

440,796.29

458,480.53

642,220.33

March

454,117.70

423,196.47

April

406,028.92

427,212.12

May-Pro Rata Dist.

11,558.41

10,528.12

May

440,469.97

471,356.40

June

467,241.79

482,396.85

TOTAL

5,172,927.51

5,512,848.02

3,837,098.14

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Access Info for Land Sales and Tax Values in Oconee County

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A Taxpayer can go online and check sales of properties in Oconee County.  One can get considerable info at the Tax Assessors Web Site.

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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 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 no 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 check Tax Bills status as to year, amount and paid status.  That is located at a Tax Commissioner Site:  http://www.oconeecountytax.com/

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Citizens can be amazed at what they can learn on their home computer.   One can gather much of the info needed for an assessment appeal.


What others are saying about assessments

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See Comments on Increased Tax Assessments in View of Housing Market

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Athens Banner- Herald Blogs

http://blogs.onlineathens.com/blog/8

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Annual tax increase

Submitted by Don Nelson on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 11:12am.

Just received our Athens-Clarke property tax preliminary notices for the assessment on our home, and as usual, the value has increased. That's a surprise, given what we hear about home values and the housing market overall.

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Housing prices on a national level dropped in February at the fastest rate ever, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 large metro areas, the Associated Press reported Monday. The index fell by 12.7 percent in February versus last year, the largest decline since its inception in 2001. Seventeen of the 20 metro areas reported record annual declines, the AP story reported. The index also dropped 10.7 percent in January and 9.1 percent in December.

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Those 20 metro areas have seen the home price index drop for six months in a row, and there is no indication that the decline had ended, said Dave Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee.


The Athens Banner-Herald

http://www.onlineathens.com/letters/

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May 1, 2008             Letters to Editor

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Chuck: Higher tax assessment will eat stimulus check

I opened my home assessment notice this week, after joking with friends during the weekend that, as great as the federal economic stimulus checks will be, I just knew my property taxes would drop due to a probable decrease in my home's value.

John : Assessments need more equitable approach

Housing prices are dropping nationally, but my assessment continues to rise. I've had my present home six years, and have been reassessed five times, in contrast to being revalued twice in 16 years at my previous address in Athens-Clarke County. "Market study analysis" was the reason given for the reassessments.

Rob: Just say 'no' to tax hike plans in Athens-Clarke

"Half-mill tax increase expected," read a Tuesday front-page Athens Banner-Herald headline. The story went on to say the hike in the property tax rate, if enacted by the Athens-Clarke County Commission, would be the first property tax increase since 1992. In fact, property tax revenues have increased every year since 1992, through a never-ending cycle of increased property assessments.


12-9-07 Approved subdivisions and lots and un-built houses in Oconee

http://www.avoc.info/info/article.php?article=3825&ENGINEsessID=edb6eb9e996fa5f235e4a7ce0a5ca4b8

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4-26-08 House Sales & Prices Continue to Decline

MoneyNews.com

http://moneynews.newsmax.com/scripts/money/printer.pl?page=http://moneynews.newsmax.com/money/archives/articles/2008/4/22/104324.cfm?s=al&promo_code=49FC-1

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008         MoneyNews

Slump Continues: Existing Home Sales Drop 2 Pct.

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WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes fell in March while the median home price declined, compared with the price a year ago, as a severe slump in housing showed no signs of abating.

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The National Association of Realtors said that sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums dropped by 2 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million units.

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The median price of a home sold last month dropped to $ 200,700, a decline of 7.7 percent from the median price a year ago. That was the second-biggest year-over-year price decline on records dating back to 1999.

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The March sales decline, which was in line with expectations, followed a 2.9 percent increase in sales in February. The February rise, which followed six straight monthly declines, had raised hopes that the steep housing correction could be hitting bottom. ………………………………….


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