Roanoke County Officials Cleared of Wrongdoing - - ABC13

Roanoke County Officials Cleared of Wrongdoing


Reporter: David Tate

Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County officials say a new report shows they are not charging higher property taxes through excessive reassessments.

The county requested the Virginia Department of Taxation audit, over public concerns over inaccurate information listed on the county's GIS system web page.

Back in May the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors laid the groundwork to have the Department of Taxation look at how the county completed property assessments. It all came about after some citizens complained that sales prices listed on the County's "WebPro" public information system were wrong and therefore reassessments and potential tax bills could be wrong too.

Thursday the county released the 25-page report compiled by the Commonwealth, which essentially says the county used the proper figures when working out the reassessments and the information online had no effect.

The report goes out of its way to say not only were reassessments not inflated, but were actually under 100 % of fair market value.

"They write the rules that localities have to follow so when they review you, and give you a report, you can take it to the bank because they are a state agency, they don't have a dog in this fight so they are going to tell us exactly how it is," said Richard Flora, with the board of supervisors.

As for the wrong information posted online, the board acknowledges those errors and plans on addressing the corrections at their next public meeting.

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