More than 200 DeKalb and Fulton residents filled a Brookhaven church hall on July 1 to talk about appealing their tax assessments.
The standing-room-only crowd at the “town hall” meeting at Chamblee First United Methodist Church heard Reps. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) and Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) and Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) discuss how to appeal new county appraisals of the values of their homes for tax purposes. The deadline for most DeKalb County appeals is July 14, Jacobs said, while the deadline for most Fulton County appeals is July 21.
After the 90-minute meeting, Jacobs said he wasn’t surprised by the size of the crowd.
“Property values clearly have gone up across the country,” he said. “It logically follows that we’ll start seeing an increase in assessments.”
That, he predict, will produce more appeals. “I think we’ll see more appeals this year than any year in recent memory,” he said. “The [DeKalb County] Board of Equalization is probably going to be swamped.”
Lucinda Carlstrom said she’s appealed the county’s appraisal of her Brookhaven home before and plans to do so again this year. She said she’s lived in her neighborhood since 1977 and new homes being built in her neighborhood are much larger and more expensive than the older ones, so tax values are rising dramatically. “My whole neighborhood is being eaten alive,” she said. “There are hardly any old houses left.”