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Chairman, Board of Assessors: Charles Berry
Chief Appraiser: Tommy Knight
Asst. Chief Appraiser: Marcus Jordan

Address:
1113 Usher St Suite 102                
Covington, GA 30014                        Board Members:             
(770) 784-2030                                 Charles Berry, Chairman

Monday ~ Friday                         James Means, Member  

8:00am to 4:45pm                        Johnny Blackshear, Member

                                                    Vernon Bell, Member

                                                    Kevin Mitcham, Member  


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General Information

The County Board of Tax Assessors, appointed for fixed terms by the county commissioner(s) in all counties except one, is responsible for determining taxability; the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of the property; they receive and review all appeals filed; and they insure that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, they approve all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.

Tax Returns

Taxpayers may file a tax return for taxable property (both real and personal property) owned on January 1 of the tax year. In Newton County the time for filing returns is January 1 through March 1st. These returns are filed with the Tax Assessor and forms are available in that office. The tax return is a listing of the property owned by the taxpayer and the taxpayer's declaration of the value of the property.

Homestead Exemptions

*EFFECTIVE March 1, 2008

Homestead Exemptions are now filed in the

Tax Commissioner's Office 

770-784-2020.

Several types of homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for Georgia homeowners. The exemptions apply to homestead property owned by the taxpayer and occupied as his or her legal residence (some exceptions to this rule apply and your tax commissioner can explain them to you).

To receive the benefit of the homestead exemption, the taxpayer must file an initial application. In Newton County the application is filed with the Tax Assessors Office. A homeowner may file an application for homestead exemption for their home, acquired prior to January 1 of the taxable year, up to and including March 1 of the taxable year. Failure to apply by the deadline of March 1 will result in loss of the exemption for that year and will be applied to the following tax year.

Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year and the taxpayer does not have to apply again unless there is a change of ownership or the taxpayer seeks to qualify for a different type of exemption.

Specialized and Preferential Assessment Programs

Two general types of specialized or preferential assessment programs are available for certain owners of certain types of property. One of these programs authorizes assessment at 30% rather than 40% of fair market value for certain agricultural properties being used for bona fide agricultural purposes.

The second type of preferential programs is the Conservation Use program which provides that certain agricultural property, timber land property, environmentally sensitive property, or residential transitional property is to be valued and assessed for ad valorem tax purposes at its current use value rather than its fair market value. Please Call or visit our office for further details on conservation use qualifications.

Each of these specialized or preferential programs requires the property owner to covenant with the board of tax assessors which states the property in its qualified use for at least 10 years will qualify for the program. The Board of Tax Assessors can explain the ownership and use restrictions regarding property qualifying for either of these programs.

Assessment Appeals

When the Board of Tax Assessors changes the value of property from the value in place for the preceding year or from the value that was returned by the taxpayer for the current year, a notice of that change must be sent to the property owner. Upon receipt of this notice the property owner desiring to appeal the change in value must do so within 30 days. The appeal is filed with the Board of Tax Assessors who review again thier valuation and the appeal filed and informs the taxpayer of its decision. If the taxpayer remains dissatisfied, the appeal is forwarded to the County Board of Equalization. A hearing is scheduled and conducted and the Board of Equalization renders its decision. If the taxpayer is still dissatisfied with the decision, an appeal to Superior Court may be made. In lieu of an administrative appeal with the Board of Equalization, an arbitration method of appeal is also available to the taxpayer. The Board of Tax Assessors can provide details regarding this procedure.

The assessment appeal may be made on the basis of the taxability of the property, the value placed upon the property, the uniformity of that value when compared to other similar properties in the county or, denial of homestead exemption. The appeal must be filed in writing within the applicable time period and can not be filed after that time. Additionally, the appeal should not be based on any complaint about the amount of taxes levied on the property nor the amount of increase from ony year to the next.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 September 2012 )
 
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