The Banks County Board of Tax Assessors discussed the April 1 deadline for filing an application for homestead exemption for the 2009 calendar year at its meeting on Wednesday, March 11.
Board member Nancy Sims said April 1 is also the deadline for filing preferential program applications, personal property returns and real property returns.
In other business at the meeting last week:
•Banks County Chief Appraiser Kevin Whitman reported manufactured home tax bills are ready to be sent out. “They will be due 60 days after the date they are mailed by Margaret (Ausburn, tax commissioner),” Whitman said. The tax assessor’s office is running an ad in The Banks County News for the next two weeks to let Banks County residents know that as of January 1, 2009, all manufactured homes on the real property digest that do not have a certificate of permanent location or a homestead exemption will be transferred from the real property digest to the manufactured housing digest. If homeowners have not filed for homestead exemption or filed for a certificate of permanent location by April 1, the manufactured home will remain on the real property digest.
•the board approved combining several tracts of land owned by Cynthia M. Dickinson, Union Hill Road, into one piece totaling 46.59 acres. This becomes effective retroactive to 2008.
•Whitman reported on a follow-up to a request by Eric and Mandy Stewart, 6217 Old Cornelia Highway, Lula, to have their property removed from the Banks County digest and added to the Hall County digest. Whitman said he checked with the county attorney and, was told that the board has no authority to change a parcel from one county to another. Whitman said he advised the Stewarts that if there is a county line dispute, they should contact the Georgia Secretary of States office about this matter. The deeds of record show the property being located in Banks County.