Reassessment notices for the 2019 General Reassessment were mailed January 25, 2019. If you did not receive a notice, please call (540) 942-6722 to request a duplicate. If you received a notice for a property that has been sold, please forward the notice to the new owner or back to the Assessment Office.
As a taxpayer, you have the right to appeal your property tax assessment. There are three levels of appeal: Administrative, Board of Equalization, and Circuit Court. In order to appeal to Circuit Court, you must first have appealed to the Board of Equalization. In each level, the burden of proof is on the individual appealing the assessment to show that the property in question is valued at more than its fair market value, that the assessment is not uniform in its application, or that the assessment is otherwise not equalized.
Administrative appeals are complete. Notices regarding appeal results were mailed March 6, 2019 for every parcel that was appealed on an administrative level. If you appealed a property but did not receive a notice, please contact the Assessor’s office to request a duplicate.
Applications to appeal to the Board of Equalization must be filed in the Real Estate Assessment Office no later than April 8, 2019. Applications are available on the City website or in the Real Estate Assessment Office.
The tax rate that applies to this reassessment is set annually by City Council as part of the budget process. The public hearing regarding the 2019 real estate tax rate will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00pm, at the Yancey Municipal Building located at 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro.
State law requires all real property be assessed at 100% fair market value (Virginia Code §58.1-3201). The last general reassessment in the City of Waynesboro was effective January 1, 2017. The current reassessment reflects the present market value of your property. Every effort has been made to assess your property on a fair and equitable basis.
All property appraisal cards, except those containing information made confidential by §58.1-3, are available for your review after the change of assessment notice is mailed. You have a right to view and make copies of records maintained by our office pursuant to §58.1-3331 and §58.1-3332. The City Assessor’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.