DEBRA DEBERRY, CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY
Within 10 days of receiving your appeal to Non-Binding Arbitration, the Board of Tax Assessors will send an acknowledgement to you stating your requirement to provide us, at your expense, a certified appraisal of your property prepared by a qualified appraiser. The date of the appraisal should be no more than nine months prior to the date of assessment (January 1) of the tax year of the appeal. You are also required to submit a check in the amount of $214, payable to the DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court for filing fees.
Upon receipt of your appraisal and within 45 additional days, we will either accept the appraisal, in which case the value will become final and we will return your filing fee; or we will reject the appraisal and certify the appeal to the appeal administrator to issue an order authorizing arbitration. Within 10 days of the rejection, we will send you or your attorney of record, if any, a written notice of rejection by certified mail and notice of a meeting time and place to select an arbitrator.
If the parties agree on the selection of an arbitrator, the matter shall be submitted to a single arbitrator. If the parties cannot agree on a single arbitrator, the presiding chief judge of the Superior Court may choose the arbitrator within 30 days after the filing of a petition by either party.
At the conclusion of the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator shall render a decision regarding the fair market value of the property. If your value is closest to the value determined by the arbitrator, the county is responsible for the fees and costs of the arbitrator. If the county’s value is closest, you are responsible for the fees and cost of the arbitrator. The provisions of nonbinding arbitration may be waived at any time by written consent of both parties. The decision of the arbitrator is not final and therefore appealable to Superior Court by either party.
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