The taxpayer's meeting was called to bring Bedford County residents up to speed on the reassessment process. That's because a deadline for filing an appeal of property values comes up early in September month. New 2013 assessment notices went out to all property owners in Bedford County in early July. Because the new property values were designed to be close to what a property would bring if it were offered for sale, those numbers were higher than many people expected.
A number of property owners clearly have questions about those new figures and what they would mean to the property tax bills that will be issued later this year. The Chairman of the Bedford County Board of Commissioners pointed out last month that the reassessment process was designed to hold the line on property taxes for the current year.
Leaders of the Taxpayers Association say they still have concerns about Bedford County property taxes going up especially in future years. They say property owners in the county need more information now while they still have the option of appealing the new assessments.
Bedford County Court officials say they already have a long list of property assessments challenges filed. The Board of Assessment will start to hear those cases next week.