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Equalization Board To Hear Complaints On Tax Assessment

Halifax County landowners who have complaints or objections about their real estate assessments have the opportunity to meet with the county board of equalization in February, according to Halifax County Tax Assessor Harold Throckmorton. Meetings will be scheduled at 10-minute intervals on Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The equalization board will hear complaints of inequalities, including errors in acreage, Throckmorton said.

Complaints may be submitted either orally or in written form, Throckmorton said. The board of equalization will consider the complaint or objection and then decrease, increase or affirm the real estate assessment, he added.

Prior to a change being granted, the taxpayer or his agent must prove the property is not uniform with similar properties or prove the property is assessed in excess of its fair market value, Throckmorton said.

Appointments will be scheduled every 10 minutes to minimize waiting, and those landowners wishing to appear before the board of equalization should call 476-9820 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a meeting with the board.

Meetings with the board of equalization will be held in the public meeting room on the second floor of the Mary Bethune Complex.

Additional dates and times will be scheduled if necessary and advertised, Throckmorton said.