Botetourt County is required by the Code of Virginia to reassess properties at 100% of market value at least every six years. A reassessment results in a new value being established for your property. The assessed value along with the county’s real estate tax rate is used to calculate your real estate tax bill. There are several tax relief programs available that may reduce your tax payments if you qualify.
Virginia law requires localities to update (or reassess) real estate property values within their boundaries regularly. The purpose is to ensure real estate values used for tax purposes reflect market values as they change over time. Standard assessment cycles for a locality the size of Botetourt County is every four years unless the Board of Supervisors votes to change it. This is a statutory law. It is also law that the assessments reflect market value and that they are not just "made up" numbers.
The reassessment process is as follows:
The county's last assessment was in 2020. The county contracts Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group to perform a reassessment of property in the county. It's important to note that assessed values are expected to rise significantly based on real estate price increases over the past four years. This does not mean that every land, house, and business owner will see a large increase, however, it is anticipated that, on average, county property owners will see increases in their properties' assessed values when they receive notices in the mail in early 2024.
It's important to note four things:
Botetourt County provides a real estate tax relief program for the elderly and the disabled based on income and net worth. Applications must be filed with the Commissioner of Revenue annually by May 1st of the tax year. For Real Estate Tax Relief for Veterans with 100% Service-Connected Disability or the Elderly or Permanently Disabled Homeowners, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office.
Visit the Land Use Program page for additional information. For an application, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office.
If you have further questions about real estate assessments, transfers, or relief programs you can email Real Estate or call 540-928-2050.
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A property owner has the right to appeal their property tax assessment. The burden of proof, however, is always on the taxpayer to prove why they should have their assessment changed. Simply saying: “My assessment is too high (or low)” or “My property value went up but my neighbors’ all went down” is not sufficient; an appeal must be substantiated. There may be factors involved of which an owner may be unaware. You may appeal by either submitting a written appeal or by scheduling a face-to-face hearing.
The following may happen on appeal:
1) the assessed value may be raised;
2) it may be lowered; or
3) it may remain the same
Any appeals that are not resolved by the initial appeal hearing may be reviewed by the Board of Equalization. A new appeal application must be submitted to the Board of Equalization for the Board to rule on the appeal. The final appeal after the Board of Equalization would be to petition your city or county for judicial review. The Code of Virginia provides all property owners the opportunity to appeal an unfair reassessment through the Circuit Court system.
To review your values, a Reassessment Book will be available in the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office and the Clerk's Office. You may appeal your assessment in writing or through email.
APPEALS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH EMAIL OR MAIL.
You can file your appeal immediately. Your appeal must be received no later than 5 pm on Monday, March 4, 2024.
Please make sure to include your "map number" as shown at the top of your notice. In case the assessor needs to contact you, please also include a daytime phone number where you can be reached to discuss your appeal. In your appeal, you may include a letter, an appraisal, a picture, or any other information that you would like the assessor to review. You will be notified within 4-6 weeks of the conclusion of the outcome of any appeal. Values may be raised, lowered, or remain unchanged as a result of appeals. The goal is to maintain accuracy and consistency and to reflect current real estate market conditions.
Botetourt County Reassessment Office | P.O. Box 685 Daleville, VA 24083 | (540)986-5352
Email: [email protected]
Botetourt County provides a real estate tax relief program for the elderly and the disabled based on income and net worth. Applications must be filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue annually by May 1st of each tax year.
For Real Estate Tax Relief for Veterans with 100% Service-Connected Disability or the Elderly or Permanently Disabled Homeowners, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office or call (540)928-2050.
Land Use Program: The Land Use Program is a tax deferment program administered by the Commissioner of Revenue to incentivize people to maintain rural properties. The preservation of real estate devoted to agricultural, horticultural, forest, and open space uses within the boundaries of Botetourt County is in the public interest. Visit the Land Use Program page for additional information. For an application, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office.
How Do I Know If I Qualify?
Botetourt County has approximately 500 people per year in the elderly tax relief program. There are over 2,000 parcels in land use. All residents that qualify for this relief were mailed letters with applications.
Over the past year, Wampler-Eanes staff members visited all real estate parcels in Botetourt County to verify existing information about each property, confirm any changes made to each property, and take photographs/collect additional information if needed. They also gathered housing market data from different areas of Botetourt County to determine the market value for each community. Learn more about Wampler-Eanes by clicking here.
Botetourt County hired Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group to complete the 2024 general reassessment. Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group is a professional appraisal firm approved and regulated by the Virginia Department of Taxation. The company assesses properties at fair market value. They also equalize assessments, to make sure no one property owner or class of properties bears an unfair share of the real estate tax burden.
Conducting a general reassessment of all properties in Botetourt County takes nearly two years to complete. The Wampler-Eanes Group was in the community during 2023 assessing properties, You may have seen them out and about, or if you were not home they left a small yellow piece of paper at your address.
Market value is the most probable price that a willing and knowledgeable buyer and seller will agree to, assuming the transaction is a fair and normal sale with no undue pressure upon either party (such as a foreclosure). In other words, market value is how much something is worth in the current financial market.
The assessed value of your property and the real estate tax rate are used to determine real estate tax bills.
For example: If the assessed value of your property is $100,000 and Botetourt County's real estate tax rate is .79 cents for every $100 of assessed value, then your tax bill for that property is $790.
Over the past four years, homes, and other real estate locally and in other parts of the state and country have been selling for significantly higher prices. One reason for this increase is that there has been a shortage of homes for sale, also known as low inventory. When the supply of homes is lower, the demand is higher, which drives up prices for what is available. Other factors that have led to higher home prices include high labor/material costs and population shifts due to the pandemic.
You will receive your 2024 general reassessment notice in early 2024.
You can view or pay your tax bill at our citizen self-service page by clicking here or by visiting the Treasurer's Office located at 57 S. Center Dr., Daleville, VA 24083.
The Treasurer’s office also offers “Advance Payment” options for real estate taxes. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:
Most of the time after the advance payments there will still be an amount due on November 1st, The Treasurer's Office will send a letter after the bills are created telling how many automated payments are left. The resident would then subtract those payments from the balance on the bill and pay the difference before November 1st.
The bills are created and mailed by September 15th with a due date of November 1st.
The annual 10% penalty is broken into 2 stages:
For any taxpayer that is behind on their real estate taxes, the Treasurer’s Office can offer payment plans, as long as they have not been sent to Taxing Authority Consultants, PC for collection. Contact the Treasurer at (540)928-2030.