The Grand Jury for the July 2018 Term of the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, is required to make four appointments or reappointments to the Board of Tax Equalization of Athens-Clarke County. A regular member, an alternate member, and two additional alternate members will be appointed for a three-year term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021.
The Board of Tax Equalization is responsible for hearing appeals on property values and exemptions. This independent board sets the date and time for hearings, hears evidence from both the taxpayer and the Tax Assessors Office, and makes an independent decision based on the facts presented in much the same manner as a courtroom jury. After hearing evidence from both the taxpayer and the appraisal staff, the Board of Tax Equalization renders a decision on the value of the property/exemption.
Within the first year after this initial appointment to the Board of Tax Equalization, each member or alternate member shall complete at least 40 hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, as prepared and required by the commissioner. On or after January 1, 2016, following the completion of each term of office, a member shall complete no less than 20 hours of continuing education training within the first year of appointment and thereafter in the term complete annually at least eight hours of continuing education in appraisal and equalization procedures. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements shall render that member or alternate member ineligible to serve on the board.
Any citizen of Athens-Clarke County who owns real property and is a high school graduate is eligible for appointment to the Board of Tax Equalization. Interested citizens are encouraged to apply. Printable and an online applications are available at www.accgov.com/clerkofcourt or at www.athensclarkeclerkofcourt.com/legalforms.asp. Applications must be submitted online or to the Appeal Administrator, Beverly Logan, Clerk of Superior Court Athens-Clarke County, 325 E. Washington Street, Room 450, Athens, GA 30601 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2018. The process is pursuant to OCGA 15-12-81(b) and OCGA 48-5-311.