The Jackson County Assessor's Office is an appraisal office, not a taxing office. This office is responsible for assessing all taxable property within the County and must work to treat tax payers as fairly as possible.
The Assessor has the following basic responsibilities:
Contrary to popular opinion the Assessor:
The Assessor does not impose property taxes. This office determines the value of all taxable property, both personal and real, in the County. The methodology for determining value is outlined in State Code. Property values constantly change with depreciation, inflation, and other market conditions. The State of West Virginia requires that each assessor review and update the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal System (CAMA) on an annual basis for the appraisal of real estate. This means that your value may go up or down slightly in any given year. If your value increases over 10% in any given year, you will receive a written notice of increase of assessment. If you disagree with the value you should contact this office and share any information and reasons attesting to a different market value for your property. If an agreement on the value of your property cannot be reached, an appeal can be made to the County Commissioners who will convene as a Board of Equalization and Review during the month of February each year. You will be asked to state the value of your property and support that value with a certified appraisal, real estate insurance documentation, or other items. The assessment books maintained by the Assessor's Office are always available for public inspection.
The 1990 State Wide Revaluation Legislation and Property Valuation Commission requires that the Assessor must maintain all real estate at a value equal to existing market conditions. The Jackson County Assessor's Office maintains a highly trained staff to ensure that this County is assessing property equitably and as fairly as possible.
The actual levy rates are determined by the West Virginia Legislature (for the Board of Education), the County Commission and the two municipalities. Levy rate sheets are prepared for your convenience and may be obtained in the Assessor's Office. Current year levy rates for Jackson County can be viewed by clicking here or on the Levy Rate navigation button to the left.
Over 70% of property tax dollars go to the Jackson County Board of Education.
County government receives about 20% which is used to support the Courthouse and various services such as: