CAMPBELL COUNTY. TN. (WLAF)- Campbell County is undergoing a property reappraisal.

This is a process that occurs in Campbell County every five years as mandated by state law, according to Campbell County Property Assessor Brandon Partin.

In the last few weeks, the reappraisal process began with “drive by reviews.” There are just over 30,000 pieces of property to be reviewed, he said.

“This is a major undertaking,” said Partin.

Reappraisals are conducted “to bring values up to as close to current market values as we can get,” Partin said.

Values are based off of the previous year’s sales.

“Mass appraisals use a systematic process of valuing a group of properties using market data and statistical modeling. Reappraisals are a long, data driven process,” Partin said.

“Mistakes will be made, we expect that. But any mistakes will also be corrected,” he said.

While values are tied to property taxes, Partin said local residents’ property taxes may not go up.

Under state law, a property reappraisal “can’t bring a windfall of revenue to the county,” he said.

The certified tax rate serves (CTR) as the barrier for this. The CTR is calculated to achieve the previous year’s tax revenue without causing an increase in that area of the county’s budget.

In the previous reappraisal, the CTR went down over 15 cents, according to Partin.

The county commission plays its part in the process by voting to set the CTR. The only way to exceed the CTR is for the county commission to hold a public meeting and vote to exceed the rate, Partin said.

While the process is underway, notices of new values will not be sent until 2024.

After the notices are sent, informal hearings to adjust disputed values will be held. If needed, new notices will be sent after that, Partin said.

The local property assessor’s office will be helped with state employees conducting some of the reviews. They will be in clearly marked vehicles and will have badges identifying them, Partin said. He encourages home owners to ask to see the badges if they have questions. If the person can’t produce one, the home owner should tell them to leave and call police if needed, according to Partin.

Partin’s office has established a Facebook page to help share information about this process as well as information about other related topics. That page is Campbell County Property Assessor’s Office

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 8/17/2023- 6AM)