Chief appraiser: Property values up
by Joshua Sharpe
May 12, 2013 12:00 AM | 2366 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — With more than 95,000 tax appraisal notices for 2013 being mailed out Monday, the Cherokee County Tax Assessor’s Office has released numbers for the 2013 tax digest.

Cherokee County Chief Appraiser John Adams said in a news release Tuesday that property values are up.

“Not all properties in the county have increased in value, but a lot have,” Adams said. “And the ones that still went down didn’t go down as much as they have each of the last few years.”

The total gross tax digest for Cherokee County has gone up 2.8 percent from 2012, Adams said.

This jump takes the total gross tax digest from about $7.2 billion in 2012 to about $7.4 billion in 2013, he said.

The total gross tax digest includes all “taxable real and personal property, motor vehicles, mobile homes and timber harvested,” the appraiser said.

Adams added that the total net taxable digest has gone up a full 3 percentage points for county maintenance and operations, after all exemptions like homestead and conservation use, and up 2.8 percent for school maintenance and operations.

A total of 95,625 real property notices are to be sent out Monday, Adams said.

Of those, 37,297 have increased in value and 13,731 had no change in value. The remaining about 44,500 decreased in value, Adams said, though most decreased by less than 5 percent.

Adams said, given the increase in the digest, many might experience higher bills.

“While no one wants to pay more taxes,” he said, “most of the people I have spoken to say they are glad to see the market finally going back up so they can gain back some of the equity that has been lost since the downturn started back in 2008.”

Residents can appeal values in their appraisal notices until June 27, Adams said.

Appeal forms will be available at www.cherokee starting Monday.
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