How To Save Money On Your Property Taxes

Real Estate Agent

If you listen to the media, they would have you to believe that there are foreclosure properties on every corner. Since most of our news comes from Atlanta, you have to remember that real estate is local. What has happened in Fulton, Gwinnett, and Cobb counties does not reflect on Dawson County. The number of foreclosure properties in Dawson is not even percentage wise anything close to areas such as Gwinnett County.

However there ARE and HAVE BEEN foreclosure properties in Dawson County, and there will continue to be as the economy remains unstable. What does this mean to you, a homeowner?

If there have been foreclosure properties in your neighborhood, this may have affected the value of your home. If you question the assessed value of your home on your property tax bill, you can file a Residential Property Tax Return.  

Between January 1 and April 1, you may contact the Dawson County  Tax Assessors Office and file a Residential Property Tax Return.  You can download/print the  Property Tax Return Form  however you must file this form in person.

Home Owners would declare what they believe is the true value of their property. The return then goes through a process exactly as an appeal would, and will be reviewed by the Board of Assessors. By law, assessors are required to set(or change) the value of your property by January 1st of each year.  

Of course, there is no guarantee that the assessor will agree with your assessment, but by filing this return you stand a chance of have your property value adjusted, and therefore your property taxes reduced.

Other ways to save:

Homestead Exemption- If you purchased a home this year, you may file a Homestead Exemption between January 1 and March 1. To qualify for a homestead exemption,the property must be owned by the taxpayer and occupied as his or her legal residence.  Once recorded, it will automatically renew every year.

Senior Citizen Exemption- Persons who are 62-65 years old may qualify for this exemption.(qualifying age depends on income) Contact the Tax Assessors office for details.

There are a few other exemptions you may examine such as exemptions regarding land used for agricultural purposes.

For more information, I encourage you to visit the website:  

or contact the office at : 

78 Howard Avenue East, Dawsonville

706-344-3590 ext. 236 

I'm committed to providing you with the most up to date information regarding the real estate market in Dawson County.

Kimberly Wilson, Your Dawsonville Real Estate Specialist!


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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kimberly, you bring up some excellent points for the homeowners.  We have a very similar process here in Florida.  Just remember that the appraisal process by the property appraiser normally lags about 1 to 2 years in real values.  (Here in Florida anyway).

Jan 18, 2009 11:10 PM #1
Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

Thanks Gabe...nice to meet you on AR! I grew up in South FL. (Ft. Pierce). I sure miss the beach, and the warmer weather about this time of year. I just keep reminding myself that at least 70% of the year it was so hot it was hard to breathe!


Jan 18, 2009 11:33 PM #2
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Very good post and different counties here have different "perks" It is important for out of area buyers to be aware.

Jan 18, 2009 11:42 PM #3
Sean Dreznin
NAI Tampa Bay - Sarasota, FL
Commercial Investment Real Estate Agent


Thanks for the post.  I am going to submit the required documentation for my property in our area.

I had contemplated this, but your post spurred me on.

Thanks again.


Jan 18, 2009 11:45 PM #4
Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

Charlie- Thanks for the comment. Are you getting ready for the snow???

Sean- unfortunately, our procrastination sometimes costs us lots of $$. It's like those times when I cut the coupons, then forget to use them until they expire. Or worse yet, go to the store and leave them at home.

Jan 18, 2009 11:52 PM #5
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