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Board of Equalization Sets Hearing Dates

Post Date:03/09/2020 3:47 PM

BERRYVILLE, VA (March 9, 2020) Virginia law requires all real property — land, buildings, and improvements — be periodically assessed at fair market value. In 2019, Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group representatives visited more than 9,000 properties in Clarke County and used additional information such as building permits to determine current fair market values. Property owners then received 2020 Reassessment Notices and had the opportunity late last fall to discuss their reassessments with Wampler-Eanes. 

Property owners who want another opportunity to discuss their reassessed values can schedule hearings with the Board of Equalization. Taxpayers must supply supporting documentation of their claims. Board of Equalization members may also visit properties in question.

The Board of Equalization is available to meet with property owners:

  • between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 23
  • between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
  • between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1

One-on-one hearings are in the second-floor meeting rooms of the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center at 101 Chalmers Ct. in Berryville. 

Appointments are required. To meet with the Board of Equalization, contact Commissioner of the Revenue Donna Peake at (540) 955-5108 or dpeake@clarkecounty.gov.

The Board of Equalization – five Clarke County residents nominated by the Board of Supervisors and sworn in by the Circuit Court – hears appeals concerning property taxes. Upon careful consideration of oral or written complaints, the Board will either increase, decrease, or affirm real estate assessments. Before a change can be granted, the taxpayer or legal agent must provide documentation to support claims in order to prove (a) the property in question is not uniform or equitable with other similar properties, (b) the assessment has an error in fact or (c) the property is assessed in excess of its fair market value..

NOTE: New values went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Prior to 2019, Clarke County’s last general assessment was conducted in 2015 with values going into effect in 2016.

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