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This public NOTICE appeared in the Loudon County News Herald - May 27-28, 2009
|67-5-510. Establishment of county tax rate. —||
It is the duty of the county legislative bodies, on the first Monday in July, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to fix the tax rates on all properties within their respective jurisdictions for all county purposes, except that in any county having a population in excess of seven hundred thousand (700,000), according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census, establishing tax due dates other than the first Monday in October each year, in accordance with § 67-1-701(a), shall have the authority to fix tax rates for all county purposes at dates prior to the first Monday in July.
[Acts 1921, ch. 113, § 19; Shan. Supp., § 809a26; Code 1932, § 1461; Acts 1983, ch. 430, § 1; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 67-1004.]
67-5-508. Records and notice of assessment. —
(a) (1) Prior to May 20 of each year, the assessor shall note upon the assessor's records the current classification and assessed valuation of all taxable property within the assessor's jurisdiction; provided, that, in regard to municipalities, the time requirements of § 67-5-504 shall control.
(2) The assessor shall hold such records open to public inspection, at the assessor's office, during normal business hours; and shall, furthermore, cause to be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the assessor's jurisdiction, a notice when and where such records may be inspected, such notice to be published not later than ten (10) calendar days before the local board of equalization begins its annual session. The notice shall be set forth in the publication within distinct and prominent borders, and shall have a width of not less than two (2) regular columns of such newspaper and a depth of at least four inches (4²). The notice shall state the day upon which the county board of equalization will convene, the last day appeals will be accepted, and a warning that failure to appeal the assessment to the county board of equalization may result in the assessment becoming final without further right of appeal.
(3) In addition, at least ten (10) calendar days before the local board of equalization commences its annual session, the assessor or the assessor's deputy shall notify, or cause to be notified, each taxpayer of any change in the classification or assessed valuation of the taxpayer's property. Such notification shall be sent by United States mail, addressed to the last known address of the taxpayer, and shall be effective when mailed. The notification shall show the previous year's assessment and classification and the current year's assessment and classification.
(4) A notation of the date of any notification of a change in classification or assessed valuation, or a dated copy of such notification, shall be included in the records of the assessor; and such records shall be preserved by the assessor for not less than two (2) years.
(5) For the year in which a reappraisal program is completed and the values so determined are approved by the state division of property assessments to be used as the basis for making assessments in any county, any notice showing the appraised value of property and sent to a property owner by any company, which has been employed for the purpose of conducting such reappraisal program, shall be in lieu of the notice herein required to be sent by an assessor of property to a taxpayer whose classification or assessed valuation has been changed; provided, that the assessor of property uses the appraised value as set forth on the notice from the company as the basis for the assessor's assessment; and provided further, that the assessor of property does not change the classification of the property from its former classification.
(6) Further, upon a consolidation of the municipal and other assessment offices within any county with the office of the county assessor of property, as provided in § 67-1-513, the county assessor of property shall not be required to notify each taypayer within such municipality, unless a change has been made by the county assessor of property from the former classification and assessed valuation that existed on the county tax roll for the preceding year; provided, that the assessor of property shall hold the assessor's records open to public inspection at the assessor's office during normal business hours and shall cause to be published at least once, in a newspaper of general circulation within the assessor's jurisdiction, a notice where and when such records may be inspected. Such notice shall be published not later than ten (10) calendar days before the local board of equalization begins its annual session.
(b) (1) Should an assessor fail to complete and note upon the assessor's records the assessment of a taxpayer's property prior to May 20, or should an assessor fail to notify a taxpayer, or the taxpayer's agent, of any change in the classification or assessed valuation of the taxpayer's property, such taxpayer shall have no legal basis for complaint; provided, that the assessment against the property is completed, and a notice of any new or changed classification or assessed valuation is sent by United States mail, to the last known address of the taxpayer, at least ten (10) calendar days before the local board of equalization ends its annual session.
(2) In the event an assessor shall fail to complete any assessment, or notify any taxpayer of a change in the classification or assessed valuation of the taxpayer's property, at least ten (10) calendar days before the local board of equalization ends it annual session, such failure shall not affect, in any way, the validity of such assessment, classification or assessed valuation; but an aggrieved property owner shall have the right to appeal directly to the state board of equalization at its next regular session; and no proceedings shall be undertaken to collect any taxes based upon such assessment, or penalty added, until thirty (30) calendar days after the board shall have rendered a final decision on such appeal or complaint. Upon written request of any party, or upon its own motion, the state board of equalization may remand any such complaint or appeal to the local board of equalization.
[Acts 1973, ch. 226, § 6; 1974, ch. 771, § 14; T.C.A., §§ 67-627, 67-628; Acts 1984, ch. 832, § 6; 1990, ch. 899, § 1; 1999, ch. 153, § 1.]
SOURCE: LEXIS -Public