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1 George L Rooker Jr. Property Assessor PADCTN.COM 2009 Reappraisal © Property Assessor, Davidson County, TN. All rights reserved.

2 Your house as seen by yourself…

3 Your house as seen by your buyer…

4 Your house as seen by your lender…

5 Your house as seen by your appraiser …

6 Your house as seen by your assessor…

7 # THE TRUTH ABOUT ASSESSORS!

8 # WE JUST SPLIT THE CHECK!

9 # Chuck Steve Larry GUEST CHECK Total $60 Lobster $30 Steak $20 Chicken $10 We just want to be fair! We dont set the menu.. We dont set the prices.

10 # We just want to be fair! GUEST CHECK Total $60 We dont set the menu.. We dont set the prices. Chuck Steve Larry Lobster $30 Steak $20 Chicken $10

11 Why reappraise? Since our last reappraisal in 2005, market values have changed, but not uniformly across the county. Reappraisal restores equity in values. Without it, property owners in a cold or depressed market area pay more than their fair share of the tax burden. Why

12 # How do we appraise? We analyze sales data in our market; We use the cost, market and income approaches to value; We comply with USPAP standards and State BOE guidelines; We establish market value as of 1/1/2009. We use accepted appraisal methodology.

13 Why reappraise now in an unstable market? While we would prefer to complete the program in a stable market, we are obligated under a four-year plan approved by the State Board of Equalization to reappraise this year. We invested the first three years inspecting all 230,000 properties in the county, and we now are completing the final year of value analysis.

14 Tennessee Property Tax System Assessment function separate from Taxation function. Assessment function assigned to Property Assessors. Taxation function assigned to county/city legislative bodies. State Comptrollers Division of Property Assessments monitors assessment and State Board of Equalization hears appeals, sets rules, approves Certified Tax Rate. Assessor identifies, lists, appraises, classifies all taxable property to achieve equity in values and prepares annual assessment roll. County/City Mayor presents annual budget to county legislative body, which sets tax rate to apply to the assessment roll. In 1993, the State Board approved a four-year cycle for reappraisal for the major metropolitan counties. County Trustee takes the assessment roll and applies the tax rate to calculate taxes due; mails tax bills and collects the taxes. State Constitution establishes an ad valorem tax system.

15 # We analyzed sales ratio studies, median sales price reports, capital availability, sales volumes, market inventories, occupancy rates, unemployment rates, and other general economic data. With approval of the State, we then modified our approach to give added weight to the most recent sales, allowing us to accurately reflect the value of property as of 1/1/09. How we consider market trends. Since the reappraisal is being completed with the market in decline, we carefully considered the effect of these trends on our appraisals.

16 After the 2005 reappraisal, Davidson County enjoyed two and a half years of a brisk real estate boom with values peaking in mid through 2008: almost A Tale of Two Cities # It was the best of times; 4/21/ /11/2006 Appraisals were not updated during the boom period unless a change occurred by addition, damage or in type of use. it was the worst of times.

17 2005 through 2008: almost A Tale of Two Cities # It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Then, the next year and a half, fewer sales occurred with only modest gains in values. And during the last six months of 2008, prices began to fall.

18 Median sales $172,900 – 04/06 $154,000 – 01/05 $196,000 – 06/07 $165,000 – 01/09 Greater Nashville Association of Realtors $160,000 – 02/09

19 Sales index $181,650 – 6/07 $168,750 – 12/05 $177,400 – 1/09 $154,000 – median sales price at 1/1/05 Green Base Line for appraisals, which did not change from 1/1/2005 through 12/31/2008.

20 Sales index Average Increase in Value $181,650– 6/07 $168,750 – 12/05 $177,400 – 1/09 $154,000 – median sales price at 1/1/05 Green Base Line for appraisals, which did not change from 1/1/2005 through 12/31/2008.

21 Heat map DARKEST RED: HIGHEST GAIN DARKEST BLUE: LOWEST GAIN CAVEAT: The percentages shown in each district represent an average value gain, less new construction, for all classifications, based on the most current analysis. Not all districts are finalized, but we do not foresee major changes from these figures. A property may be above or below the average for the district, based on neighborhood market conditions.

22 Reappraisal not designed to raise revenue. Tennessees Certified Tax Rate law is intended to prevent a revenue windfall for the county after a mass reappraisal. It requires the tax rate be adjusted down to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

23 5 Certified Tax Rate Effect At the CTR, taxpayers in hot market areas pay more, and those in distressed areas pay less due to the effects of equalization. Taxpayers in between, pay about the same as the prior year. The CTR lowers the tax burden for property owners whose values fall below the countywide average increase in values.

24 Effects of 2005 Reappraisal - Tax Rate Changes 2004 Tax Rate: $ Final Rate: $ CTR: $4.02 $176,700 = +14% TAX BILL $1,775 TAX BILL $2, $297 CTR + $297 TAX BILL $1, TAX BILL $1,775 TAX BILL $1, $113 CTR + $270 TAX BILL $1, $157 $192,200 = +24% TAX BILL $1,775 TAX BILL $2, $479 CTR + $322 TAX BILL $1, $157 $161,000 = +4% Three Houses –Each appraised at $155,000 from 2001 thru All figures rounded. Total Revenue: $5325 $5325 $6,214

25 # Certified Tax Rate History After reappraisals in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, the final rate was raised above the CTR, and all but the most distressed properties paid higher taxes. ? ? ?

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28 Heat map MAILING OF 2009 NOTICES WILL OCCUR IN APRIL IN THE ORDER SHOWN

29 # PADCTN.COM

30 Opening Screen for WebPro

31 Record Card – Check our records on your property and let us know of any corrections needed.

32 Methods for Review or Appeal INFORMAL REVIEWS Best Method: File a request online. Talk to our phone center staffed by appraisers. Call to set an office appointment with an appraiser. Requests for informal review accepted until May 15 th. FORMAL APPEALS Deadline to file appeal: June 19 th. Hearing officers review, recommend action to MBOE. Further step: an appeal to the State Board of Equalization.

33 Programs for seniors and disabled homeowners. Tax Freeze Program Homeowners age 65 or older can freeze the property tax on a principal residence at a base year rate if their total income is less than $36,200 for the 2009 tax year. Tax Relief Program Tax Deferral Program Homeowners age 65 or older or totally disabled homeowners may qualify for tax rebate on $25,000 of the value of a principal residence if their combined income is under $24,790. Disabled veteran homeowners, or their widows, may qualify for rebate on up to $175,000 value of their principal residence. Homeowners age 65 or older or totally disabled homeowners or a family group with more than one such person residing permanently in the principal residence may qualify for tax deferral. Income limit is $25,000 a year.

34 recap SUMMARY We use universally accepted appraisal methodology and we consider current market trends and conditions. Please visit our website to verify the data on your property; if you disagree with your appraisal, please file online for a review. Appraisals must reflect values as of January 1, Reappraisal provides fairness in the property tax system by updating values to restore equity after 4 years of market changes. VISIT PADCTN.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION The Certified Tax Rate Law is intended to keep governments from getting a revenue windfall as a result of a mass reappraisal.

35 # Our goal is to be: Because we value Davidson County! Fair & Equitable is a copyrighted publication of the International Association of Assessing Officers.

36 George L Rooker Jr. Property Assessor PADCTN.COM 2009 Reappraisal © Property Assessor, Davidson County, TN. All rights reserved.


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