Bibb County property owners should receive their annual tax assessments in the mail this week.
Chief Appraiser Andrea Crutchfield said the tax assessors office began the process of mailing some 66,500 annual notices Monday afternoon to people who were listed as a property owner in the county as of the Jan. 1 valuation date.
Crutchfield said a moratorium that prevented the county from raising values on a property ended in 2011, and the county was able to raise the value of properties for improvements, new construction, land splits or other areas that warranted a change in 2012.
The laws are the same (as last year), Crutchfield said. A lot of people heard about the moratorium, but thats no longer in place.
Crutchfield said she doesnt expect many changes in valuations this year -- perhaps 7,000 to 8,000 -- which would be down from last year when there were changes to roughly 18,000 parcels in the county.
According to the assessors office, the notices contain an estimate of taxes owed on each property based on 2012 millage rates and exemptions. However, the actual taxes owed may change from the estimate provided in the notice.
Property owners may appeal a propertys valuation within 45 days of receiving their notice. Taxes are due Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. Owners can pay half of their taxes on each date.
Crutchfield said the consolidation of Macon and Bibb County in January should have little effect on the tax assessors office, since the office already does valuations for the city, the county and Payne City. However, Crutchfield said, the office currently assesses a small part of Jones County thats now inside the Macon city limits but wont be part of the consolidated Macon-Bibb County. Those properties will be transferred to the Jones County Tax Assessors Office next year.
In addition to the notices being mailed, the same information is available at the tax assessors website, www.bibbassessors.com.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.