By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
Appeared In: August 23, 2017 edition
DINWIDDIE – Five years after the previous one, Dinwiddie County is now in the midst of its first countywide reassessment and county officials are reminding residents that crews may be in their neighborhoods over the next several weeks as part of their job.
During last week’s regular meeting of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Kevin Massengill said there had been some issues with residents in some communities not recognizing individuals who may have been moving through their neighborhood as part of the ongoing reassessment process.
In April, supervisors approved hiring Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group to conduct the county’s general reassessment of real property as part of Dinwiddie’s six-year reassessment cycle.
As part of their contract with the county, staff with Wampler-Eanes has been tasked with visiting Dinwiddie’s 20,000-plus parcels to visually visit each parcel and to photograph the front and rear of the home and other outbuildings on the property as part of the company’s records for the reassessment process.
At last week’s meeting, Massengill told supervisors and the audience that the team with Wampler-Eanes will be driving marked vehicles that clearly show they are with the reassessment team and carry county-issued identification cards while they are out canvassing the community.
Those messages were echoed by Wampler-Eanes’ vice president Gary Eanes in a statement leading up to the reassessment beginning this summer.
“We want to alert the public to this because our assessors will be coming out to resident’s home to document real property. They will also be taking pictures and measurements in order to determine fair market value,” Eanes said. “It is our ultimate goal to get a good, accurate assessment of all real estate in the County.”
During Massengill’s comments to the board last week, he explained that in more urban areas of the county, it is common for the assessment team to park their vehicles, walk the neighborhood and go door-to-door as part of the reassessment and for the taking of photos of the home. He added that no one from the reassessment team should be coming into the home.
“Field verification is an important part of the reassessment process so the pictures the assessors take of the front and back of the home help,” he said.
In an earlier interview with The Dinwiddie Monitor, Dinwiddie Commissioner of Revenue Lori Stevens said if there is something that is absolutely necessary that has to be reviewed inside the home, the appraisers will make an appointment to have two company representatives on hand to ensure the safety of both the homeowner and the assessors.
Some people want to be on property when the appraisers come, such as those who may have many outbuildings,” Stevens remarked. “All the taxpayer needs to do is say they want to be there when they come and an appointment will be made that is convenient to the taxpayer.”
Additionally, the firm will not make entry onto locked properties, instead opting to reach out to the county to try to make contact with the taxpayer to gain access to the property.
Those with questions about the ongoing general reassessment can call the Dinwiddie County Reassessment Office at 1-800-213-7314 and a frequently asked questions page has been added to the Dinwiddie County Commissioner of Revenue’s website.
To access that information, visit http://dinwiddieva.us and click “Commissioner of Revenue” under the “Your Government” tab. The FAQ is located in the “Real Estate” section of the website, where you can also view your property card and learn more about real estate taxes and other information.