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September 10, 2020

Property tax reassessments begin Sept. 21 in Fauquier

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Fauquier County property owners should receive notice of their new real estate assessments by October 2021.
We want to alert the public to this, because our assessors and data collectors will be coming to residents’ homes and to county businesses to view and assess all buildings, dwellings and the overall property. Assessors will take exterior pictures and measurements while visiting properties.
— Company President Steven I. Wampler
This story has been updated to correct information about the length of the assessment field work, which will continue for a year.

Tax assessors will begin visiting every property in Fauquier County on Monday, Sept. 21.

The board of supervisors in February awarded a $1-million contract for Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group Ltd. of Daleville to conduct the reassessment, which takes place every four years.

Fauquier reassesses property every four years. The Code of Virginia requires local government to assess all property at 100 percent of fair market value for tax purposes.

The new values will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, with the first twice-yearly tax bills under reassessment due that June.

The county board of supervisors will use the new values to set the real estate tax rate.

Fauquier has more than 34,000 parcels. Under the contract, Wampler-Eanes will charge a $29.25-per-parcel assessment fee.

Fauquier County assessed property values rose an average of 16 percent as a result of the process four years ago.

Assessors will carry photo IDs and will have magnetic “County Reassessment” signs on their vehicles.

“We want to alert the public to this, because our assessors and data collectors will be coming to residents’ homes and to county businesses to view and assess all buildings, dwellings and the overall property,” company President Steven I. Wampler said. “Assessors will take exterior pictures and measurements while visiting properties.”

The assessors also will use “pictometry” technology — high-resolution aerial imagery to view properties and neighborhoods from multiple perspectives, Mr. Wampler said.

“It is the assessors’ purpose to collect sufficient data to determine the fair market value of each property,” he added. “Our ultimate goal is to get a good, accurate, and equitable assessment of all real estate in the county.”

His company expects to complete field assessments by September 2021. Market conditions also figure into the proposed values for tax purposes.

Notices of reassessment, with any proposed changes in assessed value, should get mailed to property owners by October 2021. Those notices will give the details regarding the methods of appealing the proposed assessed values.

Wampler-Eanes has performed 120 reassessments in 51 Virginia and North Carolina localities over the last 24 years. The company has handled all recent Fauquier reassessments.

For more information, call the Fauquier County Reassessment Office at 540-422-8880 after Sept. 13.
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Silii · September 10, 2020 at 5:05 pm
You have to take a look at the description the real estate tax office has for your property. The assessors go by that, do a walk by of your property, then agree. There are MANY houses with finished basements, for instance, whose owners never reported finishing the basement so, voila, their assessment doesn't take that into consideration and voila, their taxes don't go up. People north of town also create fake land use and lie about use of outbuildings so their taxes are kept lower. There is plenty of cheating going on. And, the real estate tax office is poorly run and very biased. Beware.
Silii · September 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Here we go again. Prepare for Republican BOS to raise your property taxes based on very over-inflated assessments. And, beware of the assessment appeal process. It's rigged, the appeals board is loaded with real estate agents who only want to keep those assessment as high as possible. Their income depends on it. All sleaze.
Tony Bentley · September 10, 2020 at 3:53 pm
Last assessment the company they hired said we had a full basement when it is 2/3rds crawl space. Had to take time off work to get it straightened out.
Tony Bentley · September 10, 2020 at 3:51 pm
First, the Personal Property taxes, and then the Real estate taxes. How are we going to pay for the shortage in money from the pay roll tax cut and the rich man's tax cut to refill the Treasury? Oh, that's right, nothing left but the wrappers off the stacks of bills, how are Mnuchin and his wife going to be able to take a good Twitter photo without the sheets of money?
cornylynn · September 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm
Time to get screwed over again. Last assessment my 50 year old house somehow gained a full basement, when in fact, it has NO basement. I wonder what we'll get this time. A swimming pool perhaps.
AngryBob · September 10, 2020 at 10:31 am
Now is the time to put an alpaca on your 1/4 acre and call it a farm!
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