Dunwoody mails refunds for property tax overcharges

Tax refund checks have been mailed to 2,748 Dunwoody residents who were overcharged on their property tax bills since 2012, the city announced Monday.

The city sent checks worth a total of $150,000 plus interest, with homeowners receiving refunds ranging from 10 cents to about $525.

Reporting by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June helped discover that Dunwoody had overbilled about 1 in 5 homeowners whose property assessments increased from 2012 to 2014. Those residents were entitled to a discount on the city portion of their tax bills to negate tax increases caused by rising home values.

The tax break was approved by Dunwoody voters in November 2010, but city officials didn’t notify DeKalb County, which handles the city’s tax billing.

Refunds were distributed either directly to homeowners or to homeowners’ mortgage company escrow accounts.

Only residents whose homes have risen above the base value they were assessed at in 2009 or later were eligible for a refund.