This week Dawson County will begin the property revaluation equalization project recently approved by the board of commissioners.
Starting June 8, residents will see county and contracted appraisers collecting data on each parcel located in the county.
Over the next year all of the residential and agricultural property owners can expect a visit from an appraiser.
The county's Chief Appraiser Kurt Tangel said the main focus of the appraisers will be to verify, update or correct county records from the exterior of structures while visiting properties.
"Appraisers will verify sales information and other data with residents when possible," Tangel said. "Appraiser vehicles will be clearly marked and the appraisers will all be wearing identification. Signs will be placed at the entrance of subdivisions when the appraisers are in the area to help notify residents."
Because Dawson County has seen its real estate market improve over the last few years, commercial development has taken off and residential property is back in great demand, according to Tangel.
"This growth has come on fast and is not showing signs of decline," said Tangel. "Several new subdivisions and apartment complexes have recently pulled permits or already started. Recent growth and demand combined with other factors have led us to the genuine need for a total countywide revaluation."
The county has never had a contract company come in to assist with valuations until now.
The county assessor's office performs analysis and updates property values yearly according to the market. However, this countywide project is extremely large and complex, so Georgia Mass Appraisal Solutions & Services (GMASS) has been hired to assist.
The county will pay $588,300 for the updates, using money from GEMA, the Georgia Emergency Management Association, which the county received as reimbursement due to storm damage.
GMASS has performed similar projects in 88 of the 159 Georgia counties. GMASS will provide the county with additional manpower, experience and expertise to help ensure equitable values.
Over the next two years all of the property in Dawson County will be visited and reassessed.
While the first year of the project will encompass residential and agricultural property, commercial and industrial property will be the primary focus in year two.
"We want to make sure all property is considered and not just areas or types," Tangel said. "In recent years we have seen demand increase for commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial property. Ultimately we want the most equitable tax digest possible."
Additional information about the appraisers can be found on the county's website, under the Tax Assessor department.