Taxes due December 5
Friday, Dec. 5, is the due date for payment of all second-half 2014 real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and vehicle license fees, according to Patrick County Treasurer Sandra Stone.
If you have not received your statements, please contact the treasurer's office immediately. A 10% penalty will be added to unpaid taxes on Saturday, Dec. 6, and 10% per annum interest begins to accrue on the unpaid tax plus penalty 26 days after the due date.
Remit your payment to: Patrick County Treasurer, located in the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Building, Room 221, or mail it to P.O. Box 668, Stuart, VA 24171.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open through lunch). The telephone number is 276-694-7257.
The office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Real estate values mailed
Real estate reassessment notices are scheduled to be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 20, according to a news release from the reassessment office.
All individuals owning real property in Patrick County on July 1, 2014 should be receiving a notice stating the new valuation of their real estate as determined by the recently completed general reassessment.
The new assessed value on the notice will be effective for the 2015 tax year.
The general reassessment was conducted for the county by Pearson's Appraisal Services Inc., a professional firm specializing in local real estate assessments.
"An increase or decrease in assessed value does not necessarily mean an increase or decrease in an individual's real property tax," the release stated.
Fred Pearson of Pearson's Appraisal Service reported at the Oct. 27 meeting of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors' meeting that some woodland property values would be cut 20% to 50%, and that notices would be mailed Nov. 6.
At the request of the board of supervisors, Pearson's Appraisal Service made some adjustments to its earlier report, and the adjusted information indicates that the average cut in woodland is 20% to 30%, depending on the tract size, according to the news release.
The notices were delayed due to the changes made, the release said.
Anyone not receiving a reassessment notice is requested to telephone the Patrick County Reassessment Office at 276-694-0228. The office is located in the three-story brick building located at 108 East Blue Ridge Street, across from Stuart United Methodist Church.
If a property owner desires to contest a new valuation, he or she may make an appointment by calling the reassessment office by Dec. 5.
Hearings with assessors will be held beginning Dec. 1.
Individuals wanting to appeal a real estate valuation are encouraged to present supporting evidence at the hearing to substantiate a claim.
A public listing of property owners' valuations by name or map number can be viewed at the reassessment office.
The county is required by state law to conduct a general reassessment at least every six years.