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As required by State Law, Pittsylvania County typically completes the reassessment process on a four-year cycle. Periodically updating the assessed values of properties in the County ensures fair taxation. With the invalidation of the 2022 reassessment, the County will be relying on the results of the 2018 reassessment through 2022 and 2023 (which includes FY 23 and FY 24).
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Following a legally conducted procurement process, Brightminds, LLC, a licensed real estate appraiser, was selected to conduct the County’s 2022 general tax assessment. The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to invalidate the reassessment data provided by that firm due to significant concerns that emerged regarding the assessment’s statutory reassessment compliance, data integrity, and uniform/equitable application of values.
Aside from new construction, the County will utilize whatever value was on file for the previous tax year. The values that were utilized for tax bills in 2021 are being re-certified by the Commissioner of the Revenue and will be utilized for real estate tax bills in 2022 and 2023. A request for proposals for reassessment and new construction appraisal has been issued, and those values will go into effect January 1, 2024.
No, an updated property valuation notice will not be mailed to property owners; however, property owners will receive 2022 real estate tax bills that reflect the previous assessment values instead of the recently invalidated 2022 reassessment values.
Since the County is not using the 2022 reassessment, results of any appeals to Brightminds are not applicable either.
No. Given the resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors, 2022 is not a reassessment year, which means the BOE will not be seated to hear appeals from property owners. The Board of Equalization will be seated the next time Pittsylvania County completes a reassessment, which will likely be in 2023 or 2024.
Pittsylvania County issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a new general County tax assessment. These new values would go into effect January 1, 2024. This will require the use of taxpayer funds, though the exact amount is unknown at this time.
Right now, we can say with certainty that the BOE will not be seated in 2022. We will start from the list of prospective BOE members we currently have the next time we seat a BOE, which will be in 2024.