- Property Tax
Ad Valorem Tax
The ad valorem tax means that it is a tax based on value. The fair market value is established each year by the Tax Assessors. The value is based on what is on the property as of January 1 and ownership is established by who owns it on January 1.
Several boards or offices are involved in this process:
- The Tax Commissioner's office is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes. This office is responsible for disbursing the tax money to the governing authorities (ie, state, county, school, cities, water authority, hospital).
- The Board of Assessors is responsible for the appraisal, assessment, and equalization of all assessments in Henry County. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of their property, they receive and review all appeals filed; they ensure that the appeal process proceeds properly, and they accept and approve all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.
- The Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education establishes the budget for their entities each year and levies the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem taxes.
- The Department of Revenue for the state does checks and balances of the county digest to ensure taxpayers are being assessed equally and at fair market value.
Tax Returns & Assessment Appeals
Taxpayers are required to file a tax return between January 1 through April 1 for all properties they purchased during the previous year. This assures the property owner that they will get the assessment and tax bills in a timely manner and at the correct address. This is done in the Tax Assessor's Office. Tax returns on personal property are filed with the Board of Assessors.
A tax return is not required unless assessed changes are made to the property that would increase or decrease the value of the property. If the owner thinks the value is too high for their property, the property owner may declare a value and this would start the appeal process. The Board of Assessors would then mail an assessment notice in the spring either accepting the revised value or leaving the value the same; the property owner would then have 45 days to appeal their assessment.
Homestead Exemption Application
Due to COVID-19 restrictions please have the Homestead Application completed prior to visiting our offices. Please review the Homestead Application checklist for items that must be attached to the application at the time of submission. Homestead Exemption applications are due on or before April 1, 2021, for the 2021 Tax Year. All applications received after April 1, 2021, will be considered for the 2022 Tax Year.