Fulton County property owners should expect property tax bills to arrive later than usual – again – this year.
The numbers are in: more than 8% of Fulton County property owners appealed their 2018 assessment values. According to the AJC, 39,878 appeals were filed, contesting $19.7 billion in property values (about 27% of the total digest value for the county of $72.1 billion).
Due to the volume of appeals, Fulton County will need a court order (called a temporary collection order) from the Superior Court to collect property taxes. Fulton County went through this process in 2017, when its digest was rejected by the Department of Revenue. In 2017, tax bills were not mailed out until very late in the year. The AJC’s article states that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners are looking to act expeditiously on this matter to avoid a repeat of 2017, but the need for a court order will inevitably cause a delay in billing.
Fulton County cannot legally submit its 2018 tax digest to the state because nearly 40,000 people filed appeals that contend the county erroneously appraised their homes and businesses. Since the appeals in Fulton County represent more than 8 percent of the value of the tax digest, and 8 percent of parcels, the county has to go to court to ask a judge’s approval to collect property taxes.