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Assessments up across the area

The 2014 reassessments are in the mail and online and a spot check around the neighborhood shows an increase for each of the 10 properties sampled (a big change from 3 years ago). How’s yours?

Received my 2014 tax assessment for my property in Church Hill North. My property’s value increased by almost 8% according to the letter. […]

Have you heard from anyone else that their taxes were up? Mine is +18.42%.

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bozatwork
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@KarriPeifer @chpn Where are you watching this junk?

just a neighbor
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just a neighbor

Ours was down about 5%

Ich
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Ich

yup, way up there. 14% in one year, I wish I could make that on my savings account!

Jujube
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Jujube

Our home value was up 20% but the land remained the same.

Daniel
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Mine went down 7.65%. I think it is still correcting from earlier.

Chris Harnish
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Don’t be fooled people. Increased Assessments means only one thing: higher taxes. If you want to know what your home is worth, pay for a real appraisal, otherwise hope you get lucky and your assessment went down!

Churchhillian
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Churchhillian

guess I’ve got the record so far up 21% in Church Hill compared to friends up 1% in the Fan

Jujubee
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Jujubee

@churchillian I assumed my increase was due to renovations and improvements. Have you done a lot of work on your home? What area are you in?

Churchhillian
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Churchhillian

Nothing at all! went up from $216k to $256. Neighbor one block over said that his went down! Just doesn’t make sense.

chpnfan
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chpnfan

Churchhillian – send Chuck Jones (one of the City Assessors) an email with your property address and question the increase. He’s a very nice guy and will look into it for you and give you the reasoning behind the increase if it’s accurate or guild you through appealing/or correct the error.

Charles.Jones@richmondgov.com

Jim Beckner
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Jim Beckner

39.87% increase! We nearly had heart failure. Calling the City was useless….a real exercise in futility. 🙁

Teresa
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Teresa

Jim – We had real luck challenging our assessment six years ago and it went down. From what I heard when we were buying, the city rarely turns down an appeal.

All this said – these numbers are discouraging. The city is raising some and lowering others and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason if literal neighbors had different outcomes.

For the record, we are north of broad, technically Union HIll and ours went down. Would love to hear where others are and how their assessment was affected.

John Vetrovec
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John Vetrovec

Mine was the +18.42 mentioned in the original post. We’re slightly north of Broad on 32nd. No major improvements in 8 years. Thanks to #10, I’ll email Chuck Jones.

Mason Wyatt
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Here’s how my taxes went…incredible!!!
203 North 36th – increased145%
3308 East Broad – increased113%
3308 East Broad 3 bay garage – increased120%
Others stayed the same but did not go down.
I will definitely appeal.

crd
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crd

Mine stayed the same, strangely. Mason, if I were you, I would most definitely appeal those. Too much of an increase in one year, among other things. I appealed five years ago and won.

Elaine Odell
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72% increase in our assessment. Gonna appeal.

john
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john

60k over appraisal done this week

Mason Wyatt
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Anyone have any idea if City Counsel is orchestrating some pressure on the assessor’s office to increase revenue beyond reasonable margins.
Or why there is so much disparity from one address to the next?
What about Citywide?
Are assessments going up in Jackson Ward or the Fan?

BAF
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BAF

I went on-line to see the assessments of neighboring properties. A house at the end of our block that was recently condemned saw the land value assessment drop from $39K to $30K. The improvement assessment–that would be the recently condemned building–ROSE from $5K to $9K. The building itself has had no improvement, and has actually deteriorated further.

Lucky Canine
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Lucky Canine

Ours was down approximately 10%.

crd
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crd

Mason #18, I think John Murden answered your question pretty clearly in the next post as to other neighborhoods. Legally, council is not supposed to put pressure on any city agency or even give orders to any city employee (I know, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen). There was some issue with Reva Trammel some years ago when it appeared she was giving orders to someone in the police dept. and as I recall (memory isn’t perfect) that’s when it was made clear that council was not supposed to exert influence…. Seriously though, put in an appeal. Your percentages don’t… Read more »

laura
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laura

@14… It looks like its time to pay up for all of the years 203 was under-assessed. I bet you weren’t complaining then. This year’s assessment on your property appears very reasonable. Good luck with the appeal but comps in the area support your assessment.

Alex
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Alex

Mason,

I’m inclined to agree with Laura on this one. I doubt you’d be willing to sell those properties for what they were previously assessed at (if you are, drop me a line 😉 ) so it’s only fair that your assessment matches fair market.

Your math is also incorrect. An “increase of 100%” would mean that the assessment doubled. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

laura
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laura

@22. Real estate assessments should be completed at 100% Fair Market Value. The assessor’s office has been doing a great deal of catch-up over the last few years and they’re getting closer and closer to nailing it each year. Last year, 203 N 36th St was assessed at $171k with an improved value of $76k. This is a two story brick, single family home that faces the park; 4 beds/2.5 baths and 1916 sq ft. in good condition. Are you kidding me? It looks like someone’s been receiving a GIFT from the assessor’s office for many years. The new assessment… Read more »