The “Mailbox Rule” and Property Tax Appeals


We strongly encourage you to hand deliver your property tax appeal form and get a copy with a stamp that says “Received by County Tax Assessors Office” to keep in your records.

However, you can mail in your property tax appeal form.  If you mail in your property tax appeal form, then it must be postmarked by the deadline located in the upper right hand corner of your Annual Notice of Tax Assessment.

This is due to O.C.G.A. § 50-13-23, more commonly known as “the mailbox rule”.

This is the law that caused huge lines at the Post Office on April 15 before turbo tax or e-filing tax existed.  According to this law, a document is received on the date it is postmarked, and not the date it is actually received.

Deadline to File a 2017 Property Tax Appeal


‘I have to hang up. I only have an hour to get these reports done.’

DOUBLE CHECK THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF YOUR NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENT TO VERIFY THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

In O.C.G.A. § 48-5-306, Georgia law says “If you wish to file an appeal, you must do so in writing no later than 45 days after the date of this notice.”

While most properties in each County have the same deadline, some of them have different deadlines than others.  PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF YOUR NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENT TO VERIFY THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/35569739/appeal-your-fulton-county-tax-assessment

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/sticker-shock-some-homeowners-not-happy-with-latest-property-assessment/528413523

http://www.11alive.com/money/how-to-appeal-if-your-fulton-county-tax-bill-has-doubled/444461811

Homestead Exemption Deadlines for 2017 metro Atlanta Property Tax Bills


Here is the contact information for 11 Metro Atlanta Counties to file Homestead Exemptions. Every year, I speak to a few people who have to pay a higher property tax bill than necessary because they missed the deadline. Follow the link to the county of your residence and complete the form today! You do not need to complete the form every year, once you file for the Homestead Exemption it will remain until you move or sell the property.

Homeowners may need to provide their Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag info. In most counties, to be eligible for the current year, you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st. If the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city as well.

Cherokee County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 678-493-6120
http://www.cherokeega.com/Tax-Assessors-Office/homestead-exemptions/

Clayton County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-477-3311
http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/departments/tax-commissioner/exemptions.aspx

Cobb County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-528-8600
http://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptions

DeKalb County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 404-298-4000
http://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/pdf/homesteadinfo.pdf

Douglas County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-920-7272
http://www.douglastaxcommissioner.com

Fayette County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-461-3652
http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/subpages/Exemptions.asp

Forsyth County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-781-2106
http://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Board-of-Assessors/Homestead-Exemption

Fulton County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 404-612-6440
http://www.qpublic.net/ga/fulton/basic_homestead.html

Gwinnett County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-822-8800
https://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.publicaccessnow.com/PropertyTax/HomesteadExemption/AboutHomesteadExemptions.aspx

Henry County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-288-8180
https://www.henrytc.org/#/property

Paulding County – deadline is April 1, 2017. 770-443-7606
http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=89

City of Sandy Springs approves Rezoning for Northside Hospital and a Zoning Modification for a swimming pool project


Northside Hospital expansion approved with traffic fixes

I was at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting last night for a zoning modification hearing on a swimming pool project that I have been working on for the last few months.  The zoning modification for the swimming pool project was unanimously approved, and I’m really happy for the family because they are wonderful people and have patiently worked through this process.

The zoning modification for the swimming pool was 4th on the agenda so we witnessed the City Council and Mayor of Sandy Springs work through three rezoning applications.  The most interesting of the three was the rezoning application for Northside Hospital.  The applicant presented a compelling case for the need to rezone this property citing increased number of patients in every area of the hospital from labor & delivery to the emergency room.  The head of emergency medicine at Northside Hospital spoke about how important every minute is in the emergency room and how this political decision could affect operations at the hospital.  Then, a parking consultant spoke about how smart parking can increase the usability and efficiency of parking lots.  I love smart technology and could have listened to the parking consultant for hours.

Then, Mayor Rusty Paul closed the public comments so the City Council could discuss the project.  There were passionate objections recommending a deferral of the project because of the traffic impact on the community based on this project.  I drive through this area on a regular basis and the traffic is absurd.  How can an emergency room help me if I’m 15 cars deep in the left hand turn lane?

After almost an hour of spirited debate, eventually the rezoning application was approved.  While I’m nervous about the traffic implications in the area, I’m excited to see the future developments at Northside Hospital.