Homeowner Empowerment Sessions on Filing Appeal of Assessments

Good afternoon,

Thank you for agreeing to be part of the effort to hold sessions that will help Atlanta BeltLine community residents learn about how to file appeals of their property tax assessments if warranted. Assessments went out on June 18th, and homeowners only have until August 2 to file an appeal of their assessment. Helping residents understand this process, and file an appeal if necessary, is an important program that could have significant impact especially for legacy low income homeowners.

Currently we are planning for one information session and two workshops on this topic over the next four weeks. The difference between the information session and the workshops are that during the workshops volunteers will be available to help homeowners actually complete and submit the appeal form online. These sessions are being made possible by a partnership that includes, The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta Legal Aid, Alston & Bird, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, NPU-V and the Grove Park Foundation. There will be volunteers from Alston & Bird, AB67 (the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Young Professionals Leadership Council) and Atlanta Legal Aid to help guide homeowners through filing the appeal.

The dates and times for these sessions are as follows:

  • Information session – Monday July 15, 2019, 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Metropolitan Library located at 1332 Metropolitan Ave
  • Work session – Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1PM to 3 PM at Paradise Baptist Church located at 1711 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy
  • Work session – Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center located at 1040 Crew Street SW

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In each session we will provide light food, refreshments and a raffle for one person present to win an Amazon Fire Tablet.

In addition to the sessions noted above, we are working to possibly have one additional information session at Families First, located at 80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW, but have not yet confirmed that location’s availability. To ensure volunteers are comfortable and ready to assist, we will also be providing a webinar for volunteers to learn what the assignment entails and to be prepared for the workshops. We will notify everyone once that date has been determined.

Lastly, people will need to register for these events. Alston and Bird has offered to call people who register for the workshops to remind them of the event and what they need to bring to complete the appeal.

Thank you for agreeing to be part of this event. Our ability to help homeowners understand this process and to determine the best way to move forward is a very valuable service. I deeply appreciate your partnership in this effort. Please give me a call if you have any questions.