The Pittsylvania County renovation reassessment will begin again on Monday with property viewings.
The Richmond-based Pearson Appraisal Service is handling the latest round of home value reassessments after the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in March rejected the results of a recent Brightminds process.
The previous reassignment was fraught with pitfalls. It all started when confusion arose over a letter from the county referring to reassessment teams visiting homes. Angry residents thought this meant they had to allow representatives of Brightminds – the contracted company responsible for the reassessment – into their homes. It fueled a storm of controversy that sent calls and emails flooding county offices.
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The county later described the February 2021 letter as “poorly edited.” The next shock came in November when residents opened a notice in the mail to find that the new assessed value of properties had skyrocketed.
Starting Monday, Pearson teams will visit properties. The county, in a news release, stressed that reassessment staff will not enter residences.
“The reassessment team will be driving clearly marked vehicles with appropriate signage along with photo identification,” a press release said Friday. “Appraisers will appraise county properties and residences, along with exterior photos and measurements to determine each property’s fair market value.”
The county currently uses the 2018 reassessment values for tax purposes.
Field assessments are expected to be completed in August. Then, notices of the proposed value changes will be mailed to owners in October, along with details on how the process works for appealing the new values.
With a recently approved contract, the county will pay Pearson Appraisal Services a per-plot appraisal fee of $26, which equates to approximately $1.38 million when spread across the county’s 53,000 plots. .
The equalization board — an independent body appointed by supervisors to hear and consider assessment appeals — is scheduled to meet between February and April 2024, the county previously reported.
Homeowners who want more information can call Pearson at 804-560-9200 or Pittsylvania County at 434-432-3581.