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Total county tax value saw increase from 2010

McDuffie County's total county value for tax purposes has increased by 1 percent from 2010, according to reports approved Friday.

The total increased from $576,238,631 to $582,451,052, according to the tally prepared by Linda Thurmond, McDuffie County's chief appraiser.

The county board of assessors signed off on the totals. The board met in a library conference room because the assessor's office was in the process of moving from 406 N. Main St. to 210 Railroad St.

Property owners whose assessment appeals were denied may appeal further to the board of equalization. Thurmond's office planned to mail notices of decisions on appeals Friday.

"We're just wrapping up our digest so we can send it to the state," Thurmond explained. Those totals will be provided to the city, county and school governing bodies, so they can determine their millage rates.

Thurmond presented a bulky package of figures reflecting values of land, buildings, mobile homes and boats, and exemptions for conservation, homesteads, and other uses.

She said taxable utility property and the addition of some growth spared the county from witnessing a negative change in taxable value.

Board chairman Tommy Gantt said the process has gone smoothly. "Compared to the last few years we had a lot fewer appeals," he said.

Board members Robert Ballard and Ruby Harbin approved the totals.

Thurmond said her office has begun gathering information for the 2012 tax digest. "As soon as we finish this one, we're gonna start on that one," Thurmond said, "because I do not like to be late."

The board's next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at the new government center.

Web posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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