APPEALS TO THE REASSESSMENT OFFICE
To review your values, Reassessment Books will be available in the Commissioner of the Revenue's office and the Clerk of Circuit Court's office and here. You may appeal your assessment in writing or through a hearing with an assessor. You will be notified by mail of the outcome of any appeal. If you make a written appeal, you do not need to attend a hearing. To appeal by email, send your appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, December 18, 2015. To appeal in writing, you may write to the Franklin County Reassessment Office at 1255 Franklin Street, Suite 105, Rocky Mount, VA 24141. All written appeals must be postmarked by Friday, December 18, 2015.
Please make sure to include your map number shown on the front of this notice on all appeals. If you wish to have a meeting with an assessor, you must schedule an appointment by phone. ALL emailed and mailed appeals will be reviewed and responded to by U.S. mail only.
To schedule a hearing with an assessor, (you do not need to attend a hearing to file an appeal) call (540) 489-0700 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday no later than Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. All hearings will be conducted at the Reassessment Office located in the Government Center at 1255 Franklin Street, Suite 105, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
Monday Dec. 14 (9 am-5 pm)
Tuesday Dec.15 (11 am - 7:45 pm)
Wednesday Dec.16 (9am-5 pm)
Thursday Dec.17 (9am-5pm)
Friday Dec.18 (9 am-5 pm)
Saturday Dec. 19 (10am - 3 pm)
Monday Dec. 21 (11 am - 7:45 pm)
Tuesday Dec.22 (9am-5pm)
Wednesday Dec.23 (9am-5pm)
Monday Dec.28 (9am-5pm)
Values may be raised, lowered, or remain unchanged as a result of appeals. The goal is to maintain accuracy and consistency, and to reflect current real estate market conditions. The values shown do not reflect any subsequent corrections, abatements or supplementals to those values that may have occurred after January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015. According to VA State Code 58.1-3330, the assessment change notice must include the new assessed values and the immediately preceding two assessed values. It also requires that the notice list the tax rates and the total tax levies for the immediately preceding two tax years. This legislation also requires that the notice show the percentage changes from the immediately two preceding tax years.
APPEALS TO THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Franklin County is establishing a Board of Equalization (BOE) to review any appeals that are not resolved by appealing to the Reassessment Office. Dates for these hearings will be advertised in local newspapers and on line at the County website. The BOE will be scheduling hearings sometime in the Spring of 2016. In any appeal to the BOE of an assessment of residential property, Section 58.1-3331 of the Code of Virginia requires that owners with less than four residential units be given a 45 day notice prior to their hearing date. These owners will have the option to request a hearing date earlier than 45 days from the date the appeal is made by signing a waiver agreeing to waive the required 45 day notice in advance of their hearing date.
RIGHT TO VIEW & COPY RECORDS
Property owners may view and make copies of assessment records maintained by the Assessing Officer used in arriving at the assessed values of the land and any improvements thereon, except those records containing information made confidential by VA State Codes 58.1-3 & 58.1-3294. The procedure for accessing these records can be found in VA State Codes 58.1-3331 & 58.1-3332. Records will be available at the Reassessment Office from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Mon to Fri. The office will be closed on Dec 24, 25 and 31.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON REASSESSMENT, CONTACT
Franklin County Reassessment Office
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 105, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Phone: (540) 489-0700