The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the market valuation of all real property in the City of Waynesboro as mandated by the Code of Virginia. Market value is the probable price, expressed in terms of money, that a property would bring when offered for sale on the open market. The city operates on a biennial reassessment cycle (odd years), and consists of approximately 9,600 parcels.
The Assessor’s Office maintains assessment information for each city property such as current ownership, deed book information, ownership history, lot size, and specific building information. Any new construction, renovations, or alterations that take place during the year are also inspected, recorded, and valued.
The real estate tax rate is set annually, usually during the month of May.
Residents 65 years or older or residents who are permanently and totally disabled that meet certain income and net worth requirements, may qualify for tax relief. For more information, contact the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office at 540-942-6610.
2017 General Reassessment
Board of Equalization
Administrative hearings for the 2017 General Reassessment are complete. Notices of change or no change were mailed March 3, 2017. If you had an appeal hearing and have not received a notice by March 10, 2017, please call (540) 942-6722 to request a duplicate. If you received a notice for a property that has been sold, please forward the notice to the new owner or back to the Assessment Office.
The Board of Equalization (BOE) is the next avenue of appeal. The BOE is a committee comprised of 3 citizens of the City appointed by the Circuit Court. The purpose of the BOE is to provide taxpayers an opportunity for a formal hearing by a court appointed committee to determine if the property in question is assessed greater or less than its fair market value, if the assessment is not uniform in its application, or the assessment is otherwise not equalized.
The taxpayer, or agent for the taxpayer, should provide supporting documentation (appraisals, photographs, plans, etc.) to the BOE that will be retained as a part of the permanent record. When this appeal is filed, the total assessment is reopened and may be increased, decreased, or affirmed. A separate application must be made for each parcel.
If you wish to speak to the Board, please complete an appeal application and return it along with any supporting documentation, to the City Assessor’s Office, Attention: Board of Equalization, 250 South Wayne Avenue, Suite 203, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980. You will be notified of an appointment date and time upon receipt.
If you would like to discuss your assessment with the BOE, please call (540) 942-6722 between March 31 and April 14, 2017, to make an appointment. Hearings will be held in the Real Estate Assessment Office, Thomas L. Gorsuch Municipal Building, 250 South Wayne Avenue, Suite 203, Waynesboro, Virginia, by appointment only on May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2017.
Board of Equalization dates are: May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2017.
Appeal applications are available in the Assessor’s office and must be returned prior to March 31, 2017.