Confusing reassessment letter sent to Pittsylvania County citizens results in confusion, apology

Southside Virginia News

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Earlier this week, officials in Pittsylvania County sent a letter to citizens regarding the 2022 reassessment for property owners.

Due to poor editing, the county says, there was confusion among some citizens, which the county has offered an apology for miscommunication.

“We apologize for the confusion caused by poor editing on our part. You are welcome to invite the property assessor in to show features that you feel may significantly change the value of your property. Brightminds’ assessors will not insist on entering your home.”

Nicholas Morris, Pittsylvania County Assistant Director of Public Works

The informational letter requested that property owners provide information about the interior of their homes and updates on any major renovations or damages that have occurred since the previous reassessment.

The reassessment team endeavors to visit every property between now and June. Property owners have the option of providing any additional information they like or even show the reassessment team something in the interior of the property.

Unlike the letter may have been interpreted to imply, the reassessment team will only enter a property owner’s home if they are invited in.

Pittsylvania County has elected to use different methods for the 2022 reassessment than in years past.

Brightminds, LLC, Pittsylvania County’s contracted assessment company, has been collecting aerial photography of every property using drones, which allows for a more equal review of each home.

Unlike in years past, Brightminds is also requesting that property owners provide information about the interior of their home and any major renovations or damages that have occurred since the previous reassessment which will allow the reassessment team to get a fuller understanding of residents’ homes and more accurately value property.

The letter sent this week also said that if the reassessment team could not view the inside of the home, then assumptions would be applied, potentially impacting the property’s valuation. This will not necessarily result in a higher assessed property value, but it will result in a less-accurate assessment.

Periodic reassessment of property is required by state law, and Pittsylvania County is on a four-year reassessment cycle. The updated property values determined from this reassessment, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, do not have any impact on the actual property tax rate of $0.62 for every $100 in assessed value, which has been in place since 2018.

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