Tax Assessor's Office
Susie Phillips, Chief Appraiser
65 Courthouse Street, Box 4
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-439-6011, Fax 706-439-6012
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
The Tax Appraiser's Office has five real-property appraisers, one personal property appraiser and one clerk. This office collects and maintains all data related to property in the county. They keep records of each individual parcel of property, which includes the name, and address of the owners, and the evaluation of the land and buildings on each parcel. This information is used to determine property tax bills, which are prepared by the Tax Commissioner.
Taxpayers are required to file with this office an initial tax return for taxable property, both real and personal, owned on January 1 of the tax year. The tax return is a listing of the property owned by the taxpayer and the taxpayer's declaration of the value of the property. The law provides for automatic renewal each year, unless changes have been made in its status.
Standard Homestead: $2,000 off the 40% assessed value
Applicable to all homeowners who otherwise qualify.
Elderly School Tax
Exemption Up to $10,000 off the 40% assessed value
Available to homeowners 62 or older with gross total family income less than $10,000.
Exemption Up to $4,000 off the 40% assessed value
Available to those homeowners 65 and older where net income of applicant and spouse is less than $10,000. Social Security & Retirement excluded in this exemption.
Exemption Up to $50,000 off the 40% assessed value
Available to veterans with letter of proof 100% disabled - service - connected.
Relief Grant $2,000 off 40% assessed value
Available to all homeowners receiving standard exemption
(Expected to increase to equivalent of a $10,000 exemption, this was granted by the Governor in 1999)
Board of Assessors
This board hears appeals of assessments from citizens who have requested an appeal within 45 days of notice of change in property value.
Board of Equalization
This board hears appeals that have not been satisfied by the Board of Assessors. If the taxpayer is still dissatisfied, he or she may appeal to the Superior Court. Taxpayers may also request an arbitration method of appeal rather than an administrative appeal described above.
Conservation Use Program - offered to certain agricultural, timberland, environmentally sensitive or transitional properties.
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