Reappraisal of Properties
The State of Tennessee mandates the Hamilton County Assessor to conduct reappraisals every four years. Tennessee Code Annotated
67-5-1601 provides for periodic reappraisal and equalization of all real property in Tennessee. Reappraisals allow the Assessor to
adjust property values so that every property in Hamilton County is appraised at fair market value. A reappraisal eliminates the
inequities created over time by changes in the real estate market, ensuring fairness and equity for all property owners. The last
reappraisal occurred in 2017 and the next reappraisal is scheduled for 2021 (Calendar). Property owners are notified by mail of their reappraisal value.
Between Reappraisal Cycles
Between reappraisal cycles the assessor of property and their staff:
- Visually inspects all property in Hamilton County so that the Assessor’s assessment records reflect each property’s actual characteristics,
such as: square footage, story height, exterior wall type, garage, carport and detached buildings.
- Verifies all property transfers as they occur in the market place. Appraisers verify each sale in order to ensure it is an arm’s length
transaction. These verified sales are recorded in a sales file to compare to properties of similar size, age, location and description to help
establish fair and equitable property values.
Certified Tax Rate
CURRENT TAX RATES
State law also protects property owners from paying more than their fair share of property tax because a reappraisal has occurred. It provides for
adjusting the tax rate to a level that would bring in the same amount of revenue county wide as before reappraisal, excluding new construction. This
is called the certified tax rate, and it prevents local governments from experiencing a financial “windfall” in reappraisal years at the expense of property owners.
A team of appraisers makes every effort to ensure that all unique characteristics of a property are considered in establishing fair market value. When property
owners have a concern regarding their appraisal or classification and do not agree with the Assessor’s value, they should request an Informal Review.
What if Property Owners do not agree with their Reappraisal Value?
The appraisers for the Hamilton County Assessor’s office make every effort to ensure that all unique characteristics of a property are considered
in establishing fair market value. When property owners have a concern regarding their appraisal or classification and do not agree with the Assessor’s
value, they should request an informal review.
The Informal review is an opportunity for the property owners to share information with the Assessor’s office in order for their property values to reflect fair market value.
To assist in the Informal Review, property owners should submit documentation that supports their opinion of the value of the property in question. Examples of such documentation include:
- Sales prices of similar properties in the immediate area within the last three years.
- Recent private appraisal.
- Photos of the property
- Any other information the property owners believe will assist appraisers in analyzing the property’s fair market value.
Informal reviews must be requested prior to May 20th.
You will be notified by mail regarding the results of your informal review.
INFORMAL REVIEW REQUEST FORM
You may also request a review by contacting the Assessor’s office at 423-209-7300 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Board of Equalization Members (All terms expire 05/2022)
- Sharon Moody Wilson
- Robert Nodes
- Jesse Kukier
- William Ladd
- Bea Lurie
- Laura Beth Covington
- David Young
- Waller Reece