DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Tax Assessor Kurt Tangel was the featured speaker at Thursday’s Community Connections Workshop which was held at the Senior Center. Tangel, who has worked for the county the past 12 years, explained the difference in his responsibilities and those of the Tax Commissioner.
“The Tax Commissioner is the one who sends out the bills and collects the taxes,” Tangel said. “The Tax Assessor applies the value to those properties.”
The Tax Assessor does not work directly for the Board of Commissioners, but is directly responsible to the Board of Assessors, five individuals appointed by the commissioners.
This year the Board of Assessors contracted with a private company to perform a county-wide property revaluation which started in June. The company has completed about 15 percent of the data collection and is expected to complete the residential evaluation by the end of next year. Commercial and industrial revaluation won’t be complete until 2019.
Those conducting the revaluation will be in clearly-marked county vehicles to identify themselves. They are permitted to come onto the homeowner’s property, but not inside the home. If the homeowner is not home, they are supposed to leave a door hanger to let the property owner know they have been there.
“We assess the value of property based on what we know the square footage of that home to be,” Tangel said.
Tangel encourages property owners to view their assessment on the Tax Assessor’s web page and if the information is incorrect, to contact his office at any time.
Asked if the current revaluation is expected to produce any major corrections, Tangel said, “There could be some changes based on increased desirability or scarcity, but I don’t anticipate any major corrections.”
Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan gave a brief review of city projects. “There’s a lot of good things going on,” he said. “We’re completing a sidewalk project that will go totally around the city that should be finished by the end of the year and we’re still working on the park. We sent the paperwork to the EPD and when that comes back, well put it out for construction bids. We hope to have dirt moving on that by the end of the year.”
Grogan also pointed out there is a lot of homebuilding going on in the city. He estimated that 300-400 new homes will be built in the next 12 months.
County Manager David Headley told attendees that county representatives had met with Georgia Department of Transportation Officials earlier in the day to discuss transportation issues in the county.
“We discussed the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in our district,” Headley said. “These are federally-funded dollars that go to the state to do projects such as bridges. We talked about a truck bypass around the city. They’re looking at that, collecting data and looking at a possible alignment. We also talked about some of the roundabout projects we have going on. We talked about the CFI (continuous flow intersection). The state is looking at spending a lot of money here for obvious reasons. They don’t just do these things because they have a lot of money to spend and want to build them. They anticipate a lot of growth here.”