That means there may be a lot of additions, decks, remodeled kitchens and other improvements assessors don’t know about.
To correct that, the county will begin door-to-door inspections in August or September. Assessors won’t ask to enter houses; they’ll just inspect the exterior to see if the homes’ appearance and condition match the county’s records.
That means folks who have decks and other obvious improvements the county isn’t aware of may be looking at tax increases in the next few years. That’s because those kind of improvements generally make a house more valuable, and your tax bill is based on the value of your property.
That’s why Fitzgibbon decided to hold off on a widespread reassessment of property values this year.
“We didn’t want to go out and make a slight change (in values) since we’ll be doing some major changes over the next three years,” he said.
You can learn more about residential tax assessments in metro Atlanta counties here.