Surprised by your tax bill?

Published 12:07am Friday, December 21, 2012

NATCHEZ — As tax day approaches and Adams County residents start paying closer attention to the tax bill they received earlier this month, some of them are noticing uncomfortable increases.

That’s because the state mandates property value reassessment every four years, and Tax Assessor Reynolds Atkins said he is required to use the tax commission’s method for coming up with a new value for property.

When he used that method recently, property values increased.

“The values were too low assessed, and we brought them up to where they should be,” he said.

“The tax commission does these ration studies where they compare sales in these areas and come up with a square-foot cost for most houses, and they said (to me) ‘You are not coming up to it.’ (Assessments) have to be at least 80 percent of (the state’s estimated) value, and in most cases I was at 50 percent.”

Atkins said he understand that people are upset about the increase in their tax bill.

“Any time you are going to mess with someone’s money, they are going to object,” he said. “I don’t blame them.”

While the assessments for this year are set, Atkins said residents can object to the assessment — even if it remains the same — next July.

“If they object to me, they just need bring a recent appraisal from an appraiser and a copy of their fire insurance so we can get a second opinion of what the property is worth,” Atkins said. “In most instances, they would agree it is worth more than we had down.”

Tax rates also increased slightly this year because of an additional 1.56-mills the Natchez-Adams County School District levied.

Tax Collector Peter Burns said he has heard complaints about the taxes, but he is required to collect all of it.

“My office is the collecting office, and we don’t set any of those things,” he said. “The assessor values the property taxes, and the state assesses the value of vehicles for your tag.”

But regardless of complaints — or even receiving notice — taxes are due Feb. 1, Burns said.

“We do send out the notices, but some people don’t receive them and they will object that they didn’t receive it,” he said. “If they didn’t receive a real estate notice, they need to contact the assessor’s office and find out their Personal Property Identification Number, and then they can contact us, give us that number and we can pull up their information and give them the amount.”

Burns said he has no authority to forgive penalties or interest on unpaid taxes.

Adams County allows partial tax payments to be made, but the taxpayer will still have to pay half of the tax bill by Feb. 1, Burns said.

Taxpayers will notice a slight increase in their vehicle tag assessment this year because of the NASD increase.

 

  • Anonymous

    The problem with this is; PROPERTY VALUES ARE WAY DOWN IN NATCHEZ. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would collect property taxes on the 7REAL value of our property? Mine was valued at $284,000 in 2007…it’s now at $165,000….wouldn’t you think my taxes would go down??lmao…not a chance.

  • Anonymous

    This place is a friggin’ joke!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    The county taxpayers have got to demand that the School Board be elected for they are too powerful by raising our property taxes with a failing school system that is costing the taxpayers $11,000 per student that is the highest in the state of Ms.. I have been pushing for a elected school board for over 4 years that the general public could vote these raising taxes people out when not doing as the public elected them!! The taxpayers need to challenge these folks and rid them of their postions and demand cut and cuts!!!

  • Anonymous

    “FAILING-SCHOOL -SYSTEM” khakirat YOU COULD HAVE SPELLED IT OUT THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. KEEP ON PUSHING FOR A ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD, AND LET US KNOW WHEN YOUR FIFTH YEAR ROLLS AROUND, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A NICE SUPRISE FOR YOU, THAT’S IF YOU EXCEPT IT. $11,000 PER STUDENT, THAT CAN’T BE RIGHT, IT’S NOT THAT MUCH AT THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Go to the School Board meeting and you will get the facts!!!!

  • Anonymous

    guess it is time for me to sell. can’t see any more blood coming from this turnip. tax away, can’t pay if i don’t have it

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I have to agree with you!! Something is wrong here!! Also the census showing less people in Adams County is another issue why taxes on property haven’t got lower huh’??!! Think if more people like us need to go to the BOS meeting to ask them for the State of Ms. Tax Commissions said they are the ones that lower and make tax rates higher thru the tax assessor assessments . Seriously we have got to do something about the school board!!

  • vilou09

    That’s probably because private schools don’t need to account for remediation for a vast majority of their students. You pay your tuition, you go to school, you excell, you graduate and go to college.
    Public school students around here can barely make it to the 9th grade, and if their teacher is feeling generous, they just might make it out!