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Fulton County Tax Assessors Confident About Latest Property Values

Dwight Robinson, Fulton County’s chief appraiser, encouraged property owners to appeal if they believe something is wrong with their assessments.
Dwight Robinson, Fulton County’s chief appraiser, encouraged property owners to appeal if they believe something is wrong with their assessments.
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Fulton County officials said they’re confident about the accuracy of this year’s property assessments. The evaluations, showing about a 30 percent increase in property values countywide, were mailed out this week.

But the county’s Chief Appraiser Dwight Robinson added that doesn’t mean there won’t be any mistakes. He said he’s already aware of minor issues.

A couple hundred households accidentally received two assessments, and another hundred received the wrong assessments. He said the county is fixing the mistakes.

Otherwise, Robinson said he’s waiting to hear from the public.

“We’re waiting for the appeals. We’re waiting for the phone calls,” he said. “This type of business, we’re not waiting for people to shower us with love.”

Edward McCormack, a property owner from Ansley Park, told the county Board of Assessors Thursday that he’s already noticed an issue with his.

He said a sliver of his land has counted as a separate parcel. He never worried about it because the value was so low. But this year, that jumped from around $5,000 to $63,000.

“For some reason, out of the blue, there’s this 1,300 percent increase in that little parcel’s evaluation,” he said.

McCormack said this came after he just finished a long, drawn-out appeal process over his 2016 assessments.

Robinson said he expects there will be issues like what McCormack saw here and there. He encouraged property owners to appeal if they believe something is wrong. They have 45 days from the date on the assessment to do that.