The Banks County Board of Tax Assessors approved several conservation use applications and held three hearings at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The board unanimously approved a request from Allen Dalton and Kent White to add a .62 acre site to a 12.22 acre site already under conservation use.
The conservation use will expire on Dec. 31, 2014, on the total of 12.84 acres.
A 4.17 acres tract also owned by Dalton and White will not be added. Dalton and White will be able to apply to have this tract considered for inclusion in 2014.
Conservation use breaches were approved on parcels numbered B08 051/A/B, B41 072 and B37 040/040A.
The board denied a conservation use application for continuation on parcel number B62 024.
•the board held a hearing to consider the value placed on business equipment and supplies owned by Jerry Boling. The board agreed to accept the recommendation of Chuck Vrshek, Traylor Business Services, and arrive at a new value. Boling owns several businesses and there were some questions on which business owns which equipment listed. Vrshek advised he would need to look at a legal document on machinery and supplies that shows who owns what. Board member Mike Gordon said, “This is required by the Georgia Department of Revenue. We try to be fair, but we have to follow the law.”
•Vrshek asked the board to give him some additional time to come to an agreement with Glenn R. (Rusty) David on his property and/or equipment value. “Mr. David has supplied additional information,” Vrshek said.
•Jayesh Patel, Scottish Inn, did not show up for his hearing. Vrshek advised the standard classification for motel/hotel was used on this. Patel has been asked to provide documentation showing economic effects. The board unanimously a motion to ratify the results of the audit as presented.
•Vrshek advised work continues on the Mount Vernon Mills appeal. Mount Vernon is supplying additional information showing economic obsolescence, Vrshek stated. Vrshek said, “On the losses, we’ve got to be fair. You may have to reduce some values.” Chief appraiser Kevin Whitman advised the board a called meeting may be needed before the next regularly scheduled meeting to see how the board of assessors want to proceed.
•Whitman advised 21-day assessments on the 45-day appeals are being prepared to go out. “We have around 190 appeals. A lot of the appeals are small matters. A lot of commercial appeals were received right at the end,” Whitman said.
The next regularly scheduled board of tax assessors meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.