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LEGAL RESIDENCEIf you are a resident of Hampton County and the home/mobile home you own and occupy is your primary legal residence, you may be eligible to file for a special assessment ratio that will reduce your taxes. An application must be filed with the Assessor before the first penalty date for taxes due.
Each homeowner is allowed an exemption of the home’s fair market value from property taxes for school operating costs. The amount of the savings will vary depending upon the millage rate for school operating costs in the school district where you live. The exemption applies only to your legal residence, not second homes, vacation homes, or rental homes.
MULTIPLE LOT DISCOUNTIf you owned undeveloped acreage that was subdivided into 10 or more unsold lots within a homogenous area, and the conditional or final plat was recorded with the appropriate county official on or before the December 31 tax control date, you may qualify for a discount in appraisal/assessment. Platted lots will not quality for this discount unless the property owner files a written application on or before May 1 of the current tax year.
The assessment notice is NOT a tax bill. The notice is simply to notify taxpayers of a change in their property’s value.
Tax bills are usually mailed in September/October and must be paid by January 15.
The assessment notice includes your market value, the new assessment value, the assessment ratio, number of acres or lots, location of property, tax map number and the appeals procedure.
If after receiving your assessment notice, you disagree with the new value assigned to your property, you have the right to appeal. An appeal must be filed in writing within 90 days of the date of the assessment notice. You must file your appeal with the County Assessor. Don't wait until your tax bill arrives to appeal your new value; it is then too late.