MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Thousands of property owners in Mobile County challenged their 2010 tax bill, and the results of those challenges are coming back.
It turns out many of the taxpayers were right. Their taxes are down. In some cases, way down.
For example, one house that assessed at nearly $100,000 came back at $69,000.
"It's good for the taxpayer, but it's bad for the agencies that get the money because they don't get it if it's reduced," Revenue Commissioner Marilyn Wood said.
The lower assessed values on property means individual property owners pay less. But according to Wood, the agencies might not notice a difference in 2011 because the overall revenue collected is up.
"In fact, we have collected more money and more accounts than we did this time last year. So that's a good sign," Wood said.
Those agencies and taxpayers can thank new businesses in the county, primarily ThyssenKrupp, which is bringing in a lot of new tax dollars.
"Their total bill was over $5 million," said Wood.
There are more than 20,000 property owners who still haven't paid their 2010 tax bill, which was due by the end of year. If you're among them, you'll be getting a letter from the Revenue Commissioner soon.
The only ones who get to ignore the letter are those who have filed challenges and haven't heard back from the Board of Equalization.
"We'll send out another bill and they'll have 30 days from the date of that bill to pay us without penalties or interest, or any type of fees at all," Wood said.
The Revenue Commissioner says about 2,200 taxpayers are still waiting to hear back from the Board on their challenges.
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