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Field Visits Explained By Chief Appraiser

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Chief Appraiser at the Dade County Tax Assessors Office, Paula Duvall, spoke about and explained field visits during the weekly county update on Thursday, July 8.

“A lot of people think that when we visit your property, they think their taxes are going to go up. Field visits have nothing to do with the value of your property unless you have added something on to your property that was not there the last time we visited,” Duvall explained.

Field visits to a property are conducted every three years, which is a Department of Revenue standard. According to Duvall, a field visit is for data entry.

“We are comparing what we already have in the system to what is on the property,” Duvall said.

Duvall noted that if a field visit has just been conducted and something has changed on the property, they would not know for a few more years, so a property owner should let the Tax Assessor’s Office know.

The people doing the field visit will knock on the door to let the property owner know they are there. If the property owner is not home, a door hanger will be left to let the owner that they were on the property.

“State law does give us the right to be on the property to fulfill our job duties,” Duvall said.

For more information visit or call (706) 657-6341.

Dade County Executive Ted Rumley reported that work is still ahead of schedule on Morganville Ridge Road.

“They poured over 100 yards of concrete in the last few days,” Rumley said.

Upcoming community events were also announced. Rising Fawn Church of God is holding a free school supply give away on July 31. More specific details will become available as the date comes closer.

Also, Dade County Schools will hold open houses on Aug. 3. Dade Elementary and Davis Elementary’s open house will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Dade Middle and Dade High School’s will hold theirs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. To see a full list of calendar events, visit

Dade County has seen 6 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,241 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at

To make an appointment for a vaccine at the Dade County Health Department, call (706) 657-4213.

Vaccines are also still available at the Colonnade in Ringgold. No appointment is needed at the Colonnade because it is a drive-thru vaccination station.

“We’re going to do this COVID-19 report for another week or so, and then we’re going to slack off on it and see how things go,” Rumley said.

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