What a difference a year makes.
Bibb County tax assessors said Wednesday they sent the 2010 tax digest to the county tax commissioner about two weeks ago. The tax digest for 2009 was at a similar stage about six months ago. This time last year, Bibb County governments were preparing plans for a temporary tax billing because it didn’t know when appeals of property revaluations would wrap up and they needed the money to keep operating.
The difference is in the number, and kind, of appeals. The 2009 revaluation was the county’s first full revaluation in eight years; more than 17,000 properties were appealed, about one in four properties. In this year’s property revaluations, most of the changes were downward, leading to just 1,084 appeals.
Chief Appraiser Andrea Crutchfield said Wednesday that about 100 appeals from 2009 remain, all in Superior Court. In contrast, 642 appeals remain for 2010.
Five Boards of Equalization worked on 2009 appeals to process them. The 2010 tax year is easier, with one board working Thursday, and then planning another week in August.
“From what we’ve been able to give them, one board’s enough,” Crutchfield told members of the Board of Assessors on Wednesday.
With 2010 running more smoothly, assessors staff are evaluating properties sold this year to get ready for next year’s revaluation.
A more immediate hurdle is an extensive series in state law affecting the assessment process.
Board members tentatively scheduled a Sept. 22 retreat in a county building to discuss the changes and how they’ll need to alter their policies.