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July 6, 2014

Tax assessor: Property values about the same

MERIDIAN —     For the purpose of taxing houses, businesses, and land, property values in Lauderdale County are about the same as last year, according to tax officials.

    At a work session on Thursday, James Rainey, Lauderdale County Tax Assessor, told the Board of Supervisors that the tax rolls will be presented on Monday and the values are "basically level from last year."

    The listings will be available online on Tuesday and will show the current assessments and the proposed assessments, according to Deputy Assessor Whitney Hodges.

    Taxpayers will have an opportunity to view the rolls and appeal the assessments, and subject to board approval on Monday, the deadline for filing an appeal will be August 1 at 5 p.m., according to Rick Barry, board attorney.

    Rainey's office and Barry are working to determine if the rolls have to be printed out or if public access to the rolls can be strictly online. Computers for the public to view the rolls will be available at the assessor's office and at the chancery clerk's office.

    Public utilities assessments are not yet available and likely will not be until August, Rainey said, but there is the possibility of growth there.

    Taxes are levied on property based on the property's value and county supervisors set the millage rate which determines the amount of taxes to be paid.

    The new property value assessments can be viewed online on Tuesday at the county's website:

    There are appeals forms located at the Lauderdale Chancery Clerk's Office in the courthouse, 500 Constitution Avenue.

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