Dear PoPville – Anyone Heard About their Property Tax Appeal?

by Prince Of Petworth June 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm 17 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if your readers have heard back yet after an initial appeal of their property taxes on 4/1. I appealed on line, but haven’t heard a thing.

If others have heard back, then I know I need to follow up!”

  • stevee84

    I appealed in person. I haven;t heard back. But I thought they said they will mail a response by July 31st.

  • we had our appeal hearing at the end of april and haven’t heard anything yet either.

  • Anonymous

    What was your appeal about? I used to work for there and we rarely changed them. You had to have a major issue to get it reduced (and some wanted it to be raised!). In the end though, most times the amount of the reduction didn’t change the tax bill all that much.

    • I’ve appealed and won multiple times over the last dozen years. “The taxes is too damn high” doesn’t work, but equalization does in my experience. I’m in a row of identical townhouses in Mt Pleasant, and pointing out that I was assessed higher than my neighbors for the same structure worked. You have to check again next year, though – they’d do exactly the same thing the next year and jack me up higher than my neighbors. Your original purchase price seems to make a difference in the formula, so if you have a next door neighbor who’s been there 20 years longer than you have weird things happen.

    • ANON

      We successfully appealed after buying our house in the early 2000s. The assessed value was higher than I’d just paid for it so it wasn’t too difficult. I also pointed out how out of line our assessment was with near identical homes on our block.

  • anaon

    i submitted online and followed up. all they said was that they received my appeal.

  • mcd

    I had a couple questions on this actually and it seems we have an expert.
    If I am residing in the home I get the Homestead Assessment Deduction, which seems to be a percentage of some kind. I am taxed on what the remainder of my Assessed Value is minus my deduction, which is my Estimated Taxable Assessment? Then take my (ETA/100) *.85 = Annual Tax? And if I read this correctly, the general rule is that my Estimated Taxable Assessment can’t increase more than 10% year over year? If this is the case then they hit it pretty much on the money because comparing my 2013 to 2014, my 2014 Annual Tax is $10 less than a 10% increase.
    These guys are damn good at math when they apply themselves!

    • oh2dc

      Your assessment can go up more than 10%, but you will not pay more than 10% more than the previous bill. So, if your assessment goes up 15% this year, then you only pay 10% of the increase. Assuming no reduction in assessment the following year, you’ll pay the remaining balance the following year (plus anything added in the next assessment).

      • mcd

        Great info- Thanks!

    • jcm

      The Homestead Deduction isn’t a percentage, it’s a flat $70K reduction in the taxable portion of your assessment ($125K for seniors). It only applies to owner-occupied properties.
      There’s a separate Assessment Cap Credit that keeps you from being taxed on more than a 10 percent increase in the property’s assessed value each year. It does not reduce your assessment, but instead appears as a credit on your tax bill.

      • jcm

        In case I wasn’t clear, the Assessment Cap Credit only applies to people receiving the homestead deduction. Also, there’s some exceptions, including houses that were sold or renovated.

  • Alex

    Also filed ours on 4/1 online. Haven’t heard anything back yet.

  • oh2dc

    I am happy to see this question posted. I mailed in my appeal and I have not heard anything back, either. I believe the second appeal is due in Aug or Sept, so we should hear something before then.

    • ah

      It’s due 45 days after you receive the notice of the resolution of the first level appeal.

      • oh2dc

        From OTR’s website: “appeals must be filed within 45 days from the date of notice of final determination from the first level appeal for notices received on or before August 1; otherwise, appeals must be filed on or before September 30.”

  • Anon

    I appealed my assessment and had a telephone hearing in early May. While they haven’t made a decision yet the adjuster kept pointing out that I receive a Homestead Deduction so I shouldn’t be complaining that my value is ~$180K higher on average than my six closest neighbors in identical rowhouses. It seems they don’t understand the purpose of the Homestead Deduction and that it shouldn’t be factored into their property value assessments. While I tried to make this point when presenting my case I’m not sure it sunk in….

    • oh2dc

      From my experience, this sounds like their “logic” on assessments. Our assessment is way over the accurate market price, but the value after the homestead deduction is much closer to the accurate value. Obviously, this completely undermines the point of the deduction.


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