Moratorium on increases expired

Tax assessments mailed

Assessment notices for the more than 16,000 parcels in Burke County should begin arriving in mailboxes this week, and many property owners will notice a change in values.

Phillip Wren, chief appraiser for the Burke County Tax Assessor’s Office, noted the changes are mostly due to the expiration of the state’s threeyear moratorium on increases. The new assessments will reflect fair market values for the first time since 2008.

“So some properties may have gone up in value and a lot may have gone down,” Wren said, noting that about 25 percent or 4,600 of the properties in Burke County changed in value either way.

Property owners who question their assessments may follow up through the appeal process, which is outlined on the notices. Appeals must be filed by Aug. 14.

For more information, call the tax assessor’s office at 706-554- 2607.

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