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Tax Reappraisals to Lakeland Next Week

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From the Shelby County Assessor’s Office:

Cheyenne Johnson, assessor of property, announced today (2.16.17) that she is nearing completion of the 2017 reappraisal of all real and personal property in Shelby County.  Reappraisal ensures fairness in our property tax system resulting from changes in the real estate market.  This reappraisal cycle has generated an overall increase in values in Shelby County compared to the last reappraisal cycle, which resulted in value decreases due to the declining real estate market.  Her office will notify property owners of their new appraisal values beginning Monday, Feb. 20.  Tennessee state law requires the assessor of property to list all property and to notify all property owners of changes in their assessments by April 20 of each year.  Pending any adjustments, those new assessments will be certified to the Shelby County Board of Equalization on May 1.

For 2017, the assessor will release 351,600 real property assessment notices and approximately 28,000 personal property notices.  Real property is reappraised every four years.  Personal property is re-appraised annually.  The 2017 residential reappraisal notices will be mailed out in stages according to six (6) County regions.  All commercial and industrial notices will be mailed on April 20.  A map with the mail-out schedule for each region is included with this story.  It indicates appraisals will be mailed to Lakeland Feb. 20.

Assessor’s office map showing mail out date for Lakeland.

2017 values will be posted and available for viewing on the assessor’s website at (www.assessor.shelby.tn.us) immediately upon region notices being mailed.

Property owners who disagree with their assessed value are encouraged to contact the assessor’s office to request an Informal Review. Informal Review requests can be made by calling 222-7001, filing online or in-person at the assessor’s East Office, 1075 Mullins Station Road, Building E1.  The downtown office is currently being re-located.

To assist with the Informal Review process, property owners should provide information such as 2015 and 2016 sales prices of comparable properties, recent private appraisals and/or photos of the property showing the property’s condition.  Informal Reviews should be requested by the “Questions to Assessor” date printed on notices.

The Informal Review is not an appeal but an opportunity for property owners to share information with the assessor’s staff to ensure their property reflects market value as of Jan. 1.  Property owners who disagree with the results of their Informal Review may file an appeal with the Shelby County Board of Equalization beginning May 1 until the end of their regular session, which is now scheduled for June 30, 2017, pending Shelby County Board of Commissioners approval.