Bibb County officials see home values rise, too

Bibb County’s new property assessments have been the talk of the town in recent days as homeowners compare their property values like they do their golf scores.

By now, many already know how their values measure up to their neighbors, but what about public officials?

For the most part, their values went up, too, though some rose higher than others.

“It happened to everybody. ... That’s life,” said Johnny Gordon, a member of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Tax Assessors.

Appointed by the Bibb County Commission, the assessors board is charged with establishing fair market value for properties in the county.

The value of Gordon’s west Macon home increased by nearly $21,000, or 23 percent. After eight years without a countywide property revaluation, that was expected, he said.

“We had a responsibility to do (a revaluation), and it’s gotta be done,” he said.

Value changes for Macon City Council members, the county commission and the tax assessors board range from a 3 percent drop at City Councilman Charles Jones’ south Macon home to an increase of 59 percent at Commission Chairman Sam Hart’s Barrington Hall home.

The median increase for these public officials was 22 percent. Residential and agricultural property countywide saw a median increase of about 28 percent, officials said.

Hart said he’s OK with his higher-than-most value.

“I’m gonna live with it,” Hart said. “It’s been since 2001 when we had a digest, and it went up some.”

The value of his home increased from $242,100 to $383,825. A private appraisal conducted about a year ago was “right in that area,” Hart said.

Ohio-based Tyler CLT Co. was paid nearly $2 million to conduct the most recent revaluation, which determined fair market values for Bibb’s 68,000 parcels.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert’s north Macon home, valued at $364,980, inched upward just 2 percent.

That amount seems to be pretty spot on, he said.

Reichert said he’s in the process of refinancing his home, and as part of that, he had an independent appraisal done about two weeks ago. That appraisal was within $5,000 of the county’s appraisal, he said.

“I’ve got no real basis on which to complain,” he said.

Reichert said his value may not have risen as much as others because his older neighborhood may be more stable than newer ones with more development.

None of the officials interviewed said they plan to appeal.

To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 744-4345.