Office of the Assessor
Jane A. Harrison, Assessor
605-17 Pine Street
Hillsville, VA 24343
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
**PUBLIC NOTICE for BOARD OF EQUALIZATION for CARROLL COUNTY**
The Office of the County Assessor is responsible for identifying, locating, and estimating the value of all properties within the county for tax purposes. There are currently 31,686 taxable parcels and 1,187 tax exempt parcels in the county. The office maintains changes in the real estate data files which includes the valuation of new construction from building permits, valuation of land from annual property splits and transfers, special assessment of land under the land use program, mapping updates and corrections on the tax identification maps and the GIS parcel layer.
General Reassessments are conducted to equalize and create uniformity in the real estate values which would distribute the burden of taxation evenly and equitably within the county. By the State Code of Virginia, a county must perform a general reassessment every four (4) years, and in some rural counties every (6) years by special ordinance. Carroll County has contracted with Wampler Eanes Appraisal Group to conduct the next general reassessment with work beginning in July, 2011 continuing into 2012 and to be effective January 1, 2013. The Code of Virginia 58.1-3201 requires that real estate assessments be at 100% fair market value. The county assessor’s office works directly with the contract firm, assisting with documentation of real estate sales, transfers and building permits.
Change of Assessment notices will be mailed when field review for the general reassessment has been completed. A list of available dates and times will appear on the notice for informal appeals where the property owner may question the property value, ask questions concerning the appraisal process or ensure information is correct about their property.
A formal appeal may be made to the Board of Equalization (a committee comprised of citizens in the county) which is appointed by the Circuit Court in the year following the general reassessment. The BOE will determine if the property in question is assessed at more than fair market value or is not uniform with similar properties.