Dunwoody City Council on June 22 adopted the millage rate of 2.74, which hasn’t changed since the city incorporated. Homestead owners receive a statutory one mil credit against this rate for a net millage rate of 1.74. Though Dunwoody remains at the lowest millage rate in DeKalb County, the tax digest has not returned to its 2008 level and many property taxes will increase for homeowners.
DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester will host a public meeting to discuss the process for appealing property value assessment. Residents have 45 days after the date of Annual Notice of Assessment (not 45 days from the day you receive it) to file an appeal to the Board of Tax Assessors. Those who do not file in the 45-day window will lose their right to appeal.
Tax attorney Walter Hotz will be the main technical expert giving the seminar on how to appeal your DeKalb County property value assessment at Dunwoody City Hall on July 1 at 7 p.m.
Dunwoody Councilman John Heneghan wrote on his blog:
“I have no ties to Mr. Hotz, in fact I have never met the man nor heard his name before today but in talking to Senator Fran Millar I was informed that there was no one in the state more knowledgeable on the subject as he was the man who helped draft the overhaul of the Ad Valorem Taxation, Assessment and Appeal System – HB 202 and after reading his website FAQ’s and related newspaper clips I felt satisfied that some residents of Dunwoody could benefit from his services.”