Property Assessment Notices On Their Way

By REBECCA HAZEN
News Editor

Chief Appraiser at the Dade County Tax Assessors Office, Paula Duvall, told community members that the county-wide re-evaluation for all classes of property has been completed.

“All of the numbers have been entered into the system and we are ready to go to send out assessment notices,” Duvall said during the Thursday, May 20 weekly county update.

The notices should be ready to be mailed by the end of this week. Duvall reminded citizens that the notice is not a bill.

“If you disagree with that value, you have 45 days from the date that it is mailed to file an appeal,” Duvall said.

Duvall noted that last year the rate for dollar per square foot for residences was increased from $65 to $85, and this year it was increased again to $90. Base rates for land did not change, but the tables for what is called the accessibility and desirability for those properties did change.

“That is what is going to effect the value of your land. Going through, what I see is most of the biggest increases is in the land values,” Duvall said.

All records are listed online at qpublic.net/ga/dade.

If anyone has any questions, contact the Tax Assessors Office at (706) 657-6341.

Vice Chair Commissioner Robert Goff noted that County Executive Ted Rumley was out on Thursday attending a regional meeting.

Goff noted that paving was completed on County Road 6, and that on Monday, striping was painted onto the road. The road will open for use after the striping is completed. The current striping is temporary, but it will be permanently striped in a few weeks. The road will not be closed during that time, but instead the road will be reduced to one lane.

Goff also noted the county is in the process of getting the yearly budget together.

“We are working on it and it should be finished in the next couple of weeks,” Goff said.

Vaccinations are still available at the Dade County Health Department. Vaccinations are available both by calling (706) 657-4213 for an appointment as well as walk-ins. Vaccinations are now being given to children ages 12 and up.

Goff noted that he was happy to see things back to normal in the Commissioner’s meeting room, now that Governor Brian Kemp has lifted COVID-19 related mandates. The Commissioners are now sitting in their regular seats during meetings, and the public is welcomed back to meetings now.

“Please do use caution and be respectful,” Goff said. “If I go into a place where they require a mask, I do [wear one]. If I see someone who wants to wear one, I am not going to be critical of them, and I don’t expect them to be critical of me. At some point we take control of our own destiny.”

Dade County has seen __ cases in the past two weeks, for a total of ___ COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.

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