Property tax spike irks Fulton Co. residents

Some Fulton County residents are upset over increased property taxes.

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Some Fulton County residents are upset over increased property taxes.

Property tax assessments were mailed out and a lot of homes have a much higher fair market value than a few years ago.

Bob Silvia is facing a property tax increase of 18 percent this year.

"When I talked to my friends and neighbors, their's also went up the exact same amount so obviously Fulton County did something," Silvia said.

The tax assessor's office says that due to the recovering real estate market it reassessed many homes substantially higher.

Arthur Pryzbyl, the owner of Commercial Property Tax Professionals, appeals residential and commercial property assessments for a fee. He says some of the county's calculations may be off.

"They do it through a mass appraisal approach, so there are going to be some inefficiencies," Pryzbyl said.

Pryzbyl said if you file an appeal, you can challenge your home's market value or you can point out that a similar home in your neighborhood has lower taxes. But, he says, don't use 2015 data.

"The date of valuation is the first of the year of that tax year, so it'd be Jan. 1, 2015 in this case,' he said. "Therefore, you want to look at 2014 comparable data."

If you use comps or evidence from 2015 Pryzbyl says your case will likely be thrown out.

Fulton County residents have until July 20 to appeal; in DeKalb County, the deadline is July 27. Check your county's board of assessor's website for more.

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