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Equalization Board Listens To Complaints

Halifax County landowners who have complaints or objections about their real estate assessments began meeting with the county board of equalization Thursday with meetings scheduled at 10-minute intervals this week on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The equalization board is listening to complaints of inequalities, including errors in acreage, according to Halifax County Tax Assessor Harold Throckmorton.

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

Prior to a change being granted, the taxpayer or his agent is required to 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 have been scheduled every 10 minutes to minimize waiting, and those landowners wishing to appear before the board of equalization should call 434-476-9820 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a meeting with the board.

Meetings with the board of equalization are being 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.