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Changes for Jefferson County tax valuation notices for property owners

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:50 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County tax valuation notices will look different in 2021.

For the past 20 years Jefferson County tax valuation notices have been a yellow post card. This year, Jefferson County leaders said the Tax Valuation office is switching to a letter that provides more detail on the valuation process and how to protest.

These letters will be sent to people who are seeing an increase in their property valuation. It is important that you open and read the information.

“We decided to go with a letter this year in hopes that more people would actually open the information and acknowledge it,” said Maria Knight, Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Equalization. “Letters are more expensive to mail, but we believe this method will be easily noticed. It also gives us the opportunity to provide more information to the citizen on how to submit an objection to the valuation if they want to.”

The new letter will be in a business size letter envelope and will be yellow. It will have a red stamp on the outside right corner that states “Property Value Notice-Do Not Discard”.

Mailout of the letters is expected to start within the next two weeks, which starts the protest season, and has a 30-day window.

“All objections must be requested in writing by returning the bottom portion of the letter by USPS or hand delivered to our office,” added Knight. “Secure drop boxes will be in the courthouse lobbies for taxpayer convenience, and they will be checked throughout the day.”

If citizens have additional questions, they can visit our website at boe.jccal.org or call our office at 205.325.5566.

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