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County to release 2012 tax digest soon
Will drop less than the previous year
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County tax digest is close to being finished.

There’s only one hiccup preventing the final digest from being released, said Chief Tax Appraiser Mary Kirkpatrick.

The small inventory exemption for the state is causing some confusion, she said, adding “the calculations in it aren’t right and the vendor is working on that.”

“Overall, though, we’re balanced everywhere else,” she said. “We’re ready to go. The digest is just over $8 billion and that’s our final figure.”

The tax digest, or taxable portion of the county’s total property value, is nearly $8.04 billion. While that’s down about 19 percent from 2010, when the digest was nearly $9.9 billion, it’s only a small drop — 2.2 percent — from last year, Kirkpatrick said.

“We’re holding fairly stable,” she said.

Homeowners have until the end of the day Monday to file an appeal to their property’s assessed values, Kirkpatrick said.

In years past, the office had been inundated with requests to lower property values due to the economy, but things are turning around, she noted.

“We’ve had close to 1,000 assessments in so far,” she said. “That’s not bad at all.”