City of Alexandria, VA
Dear Property Owner:
Your real property assessment has been revised as of January 1, 2007, to the assessed value indicated on this Notice. By law, the assessed value is required to be 100% of the estimated fair market value as of January 1 of the tax year. To ensure the accuracy and equity of assessments, property records have been updated to reflect any new buildings, additions, remodeling, land divisions, etc. If you no longer own the subject property, Section 58.1-3330 of the Code of Virginia requires that you forward this Notice to the owner immediately. If it would be more convenient, you may return the Notice to the Department of Real Estate Assessments.
Activity in the real estate market changed significantly during 2006 as compared to the years since 2000, and you are encouraged to review your assessment as soon as possible. City Appraisers are available to discuss the assessed value of your property, describe the assessment process, and to explain the review and appeal procedures. You may visit our office in City Hall, 301 King Street, Room 2600, Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday through Friday, between 8:00 and 5:00 p.m. You may send correspondence to the Department of Real Estate Assessments, P.O. Box 178, Alexandria, Virginia 22313; e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone the Department at 703.838.4646. We also invite you to visit our website at www.alexandriava.gov/realestate to view real estate assessments, property information, and sales information. The review and appeal procedures are on the reverse side of this Notice.
During the past year, we have replaced the Department’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system that produces the real property assessments. A thorough analysis of the converted data has been completed, and we believe that all data is accurate and complete. We encourage you to contact our office, if you believe that your assessed value above appears to be significantly different than you would anticipate as the fair market value of your property.
The 2007 tax rate, which will apply to the 2007 assessed value, will be set by City Council on May 7, 2007. For information regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Budget Process and related Public Hearings on the real estate tax rate, please refer to the section “Real Estate Taxes & Public Hearings” on the reverse side of this Notice.
Our office is committed to providing the best customer service possible and we welcome your comments.
Cynthia A. Smith-Page, ASA Director
Department of Real Estate Assessments
It is Important that You Review Your Assessment Immediately
If you feel your property is assessed above market value as of January 1, 2007, or that your assessment is not equitable with surrounding properties, or is otherwise erroneous, you may wish to have the Department of Real Estate Assessments review the assessment or file an appeal with the Alexandria Board of Equalization.
Requests for Departmental Review Must be Filed by April 2, 2007
To have the Department of Real Estate Assessments review the assessment, please file a Request for Review of Real Estate Assessment form no later than April 2. Property owners are encouraged to file a request for a review with the Department prior to filing an appeal, but this is not a requirement. Often differences may be resolved prior to the filing of an appeal.
Appeals to the Board of Equalization Must be Filed by July 1 for Assessments effective January 1, 2007
To file an appeal with the Board of Equalization you need to submit an Appeal of Real Estate Assessment form. Only those forms postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before July 1 will be accepted. The five member Board of Equalization is appointed by the Alexandria Circuit Court (three members) and City Council (two members). The City Council does not hear appeals of real estate assessments.
Request for Forms and Additional Information
Please call 703.838.4646 for general information related to the review and appeal process, or 703.838.4576 to have forms sent to you. Forms may also be printed from the City's website at alexandriava.gov/realestate by clicking on Real Estate Assessment Review and Appeal. Please be advised that all data that supports a request for review or appeal must be submitted when the form is filed.
Real Estate Taxes and Public Hearings
The 2007 tax rate which will apply to the 2007 assessed value on this Notice will be set by City Council on May 7. Until the tax rate is established, the amount of taxes to be levied for the year cannot be determined. The City Manager will transmit the Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Operating Budget to City Council on February 13, 2007. There will be a Public Hearing on the FY 2008 Proposed Operating Budget on April 9, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Any additional public hearings, legislative meetings, or work sessions relating to the FY 2008 Operating Budget and the real estate tax rate will be advertised on the City's website at www.alexandriava.gov.
Real Estate taxes are billed by the Department of Finance in two installments due June 15 and November 15. A pending review by the Department or appeal to the Board of Equalization does not change the due date for real estate taxes.
Real Estate Tax Relief for Elderly and Disabled Persons
The City of Alexandria has a real estate tax relief program for seniors who are at least 65 years of age or individuals who are permanently and totally disabled. In order to qualify, total household income may not exceed $40,000 for full exemption, $72,000 for partial exemption, and $72,000 for deferral of taxes. Net combined financial worth (excluding the dwelling unit in question and up to two acres of land upon which it is situated) may not exceed $540,000. The deadline for filing is April 16, 2007.
Affordable Homeownership Preservation Grant Program (AHOP)
Three years ago, the City of Alexandria created an innovative new homeownership preservation grant program in order to offset some of the impact of increased assessments for those homeowners not eligible for senior or disabled tax relief. This program provided grants ranging from $200 to $1,200, depending on household income, to homeowners whose household incomes were $100,000 or less per year and whose residences were assessed at no higher than $527,000. The deadline for filing is September 4, 2007.
How to File for Real Estate Tax Relief or an AHOP Grant
If you think you may qualify for the Real Estate Tax Relief Program for Elderly and Disabled Persons or the AHOP grant program and would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive an application, please call 703.838.4572 or emai email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. General information about each program is available on the City's website at alexandriava.gov/realestate. Click on the program titles in the box located in the lower left corner.