By the end of next month, Bibb County's tax digest could be ready for state approval, Chief Assessor Andrea Crutchfield said Tuesday.
Assessors hope to get the value of disputed properties under the critical 5 percent mark by the end of the year. The value is now 7.3 percent and was about 12.5 percent when nearly 18,000 property valuation appeals were filed.
It would be up to the county's tax commissioner, Tommy Tedders, when to actually send the tax digest to the state. Once the state approves the tax digest, the county could send out final tax bills. Property appeals would continue, but assessors wouldn’t be able to increase any values, Crutchfield said.
Crutchfield said her staff has worked on about 72 percent of the appeals filed with her office. That part of the work should also be completed by the end of the year, she said. But the appeals have to be sent on to the Board of Equalization, and work there may not wrap up until March.
About 13 property owners have begun Superior Court cases after losing appeals before the Board of Equalization.