How are the assessments on each parcel determined?
Every 4-6 years, a general reassessment is conducted in accordance with Section 58.1-3252 of the Code of Virginia. An appraisal firm is contracted to reappraise every parcel at its fair market value, which is based upon a sales study completed by the appraisal company. These assessments are effective for 4 years unless a change is made such as boundary adjustments, division of property, change in zoning, court orders or new construction.

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1. How are the assessments on each parcel determined?
2. Why can't we change the value of a property when requested by the taxpayer?
3. When is the next general reassessment?
4. What is the process for challenging an assessment made during reassessment?
5. Who sets the real estate tax rate?
6. When is my real estate tax payment due?
7. Is there a penalty for paying my real estate tax late?
8. Why can't you change my name on the tax bill since I got married last year?
9. Why is the former owner's name on my tax bill when I have a deed showing that I own the property?