Some Jefferson County Homeowners Unprepared for Higher Tax Bills | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Some homeowners in Jefferson County are having sticker shock after opening their latest property tax bills.

Approximately 120,000 properties in Jefferson County have received new values ​​for tax purposes.

“My husband opened it; I thought he was going to have coronary artery disease,” said Marilyn Helvey, who lives in the Highlands.

Helvey said she and her husband did not expect the tax bill they received on Thursday.

“I thought he was going to pass out, you know. What did he say ! And I said ‘what’s the matter’ and he said to me and I said ‘well, that’s not right.’ “

The Helvys are one of the thousands of landowners whose land has recently been reassessed. The revaluations have mainly led to higher taxes.

“It was like a double,” Helvey said. “And we don’t understand.”

The increases reflect the strength of the residential real estate market in Louisville, according to Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Colleen Younger.

She also said there shouldn’t be a lot of surprises.

“We rolled out a very comprehensive and integrated media plan this year,” Younger said. “We have included social media, Facebook ads, radio, and the press. We have been around the radio and television shows to let people know. We made a well-organized plan to prepare the community that was being reassessed. “

Some of the neighborhoods included in the reassessments are the Highlands, Clifton, Iroquois Park, Jeffersontown and St. Matthews.

Values ​​increased, ranging from 10% to 14% on average. This means higher annual property taxes when bills are due at the end of 2021. The situation is made worse by the decision of the Jefferson County Board of Education to increase the district’s property tax rate by 9.5%, l ‘last year.

An additional line has been added on the invoices, “School ADD”.

Younger said this was part of the tax money the sheriff was unable to collect last year when the matter was blocked in court and the rate was lower.

“And this year he made up the difference on the bill,” Younger said.

“For people in their 70s, it’s kind of a hit,” Helvey said. “My husband said he was going to find out, and I’m sure he will, but I don’t know if that will help.”

It is too late to appeal, but disabled veterans and those 65 and over can apply for exemptions. To contact the PVA office, click here.

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