Isn't it true that you reassess so you can raise taxes?

The purpose of a general reassessment is not to raise taxes.   The fundamental purpose of a reassessment is to make sure values are accurate and that they have been assessed uniformly and equitably.   The Wise County Assessment Office never takes any deficit or surplus in the county's finances into consideration when determining fair market value.  Our office has no control over the county tax rate, collection policies, or the local sales ratio.  All questions or concerns about the tax rate should be addressed to your representative on the Board of Supervisors

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1. Why is a General Reassessment required?
2. Isn't it true that my assessed value should be less than what my property would actually sell for?
3. Why would my assessed value change if I haven’t made any changes to my property?
4. How can I be sure the assessors are qualified to value my property?
5. Isn't it true that you reassess so you can raise taxes?
6. I have heard there are programs in place to assist veterans, the disabled, or senior citizens in paying their taxes. How can I know if I qualify?
7. Why did my property change at a different rate than the County average?
8. How do I respond once I receive my Reassessment Notice?