Several months have passed since most of us were shell-shocked by our DeKalb County property tax assessments. Outraged, many homeowners disputed the values that they were given and many were granted a reduction in value as a result.
However, some (including me) were required to attend a hearing to present their cases directly to the Assessor. Today was my day. I was shocked at the outcome - in a great way. Although I had complied a plethora of comparable real estate sales & tax information to prove my point, I never even had to break it out. (I was a little disapointed. I even used my color printer!)
After waiting for only 20 minutes or so, it was my turn. I was nervous but approched it with conviction. When they called my name, I entered the hearing room. Waiting for me there were three DeKalb homeowners who were appointed to "assist with the process" and a County Appraiser with a calculator and a pile of paperwork in front of him. I allowed the Appraiser to "go first" with his side of the story.
Honestly, I was prepared to hear 101 reasons defending why they felt that my property had gained so much value in 2011. Instead, the Appraiser spoke up and told the "panel" that he suggested a new value for my property based on recent sales, square footage and age. His suggestion was perfectly acceptable to me and right in line with the information that I had in tow. So, I agreed.
CASE CLOSED! THAT WAS IT! It was quick, painless and easy. I highly recommend the process. It's nothing to fear at all.
Honorable mention goes to the entire Assessor's office personnel. What an amazingly friendly and cooperative group of people. They even offered coffee and cookies!
The whole experience was pleasant for me. Was it for you, too? Did you win? Let's hear your story!