Reassessment

After a procurement process, the Board of Supervisors selected Pearson's Appraisal Services to complete Pittsylvania County's 2024 reassessment process. The contract was approved in mid-May, 2022. 

The property values that Pearson's assesses will go into effect for real estate tax bills in 2024. The company is expected to start work in June of 2022 and begin field visits in July, with the goal of visiting 3,700 properties monthly. 

Pearson's is scheduled to complete all appraisal and review services by September 2023. Reassessment notices are scheduled to be mailed to property owners in October of 2023, and hearings with the Board of Assessors are expected to take place in October and November of 2023. The Board of Equalization, which is an independent body appointed by the Circuit Court to hear and consider assessment appeals, is slated to meet between February and April 2024.  

General Reassessment Information 

Legally required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, reassessment is when up-to-date property values are determined for an entire locality or municipality. These updated values are important because they ensure that every property owner pays appropriate taxes based upon up-to-date market values.

These values are kept on file by the Commissioner of the Revenue and are used in concurrence with the tax rate to generate real estate tax bills. Localities with populations of more than 50,000 are required to perform a reassessment at least every four years, per Virginia State Code. 

This graphic explains what reassessment is and how it benefits the taxpayer


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State Laws about Reassessment 

Virginia State Codes § 58.1-3250 through § 58.1-3355 governs the reassessment of real property for Virginia localities. The State Code includes sections regarding general information about reassessment cycleswho can perform a reassessmentreassessment valuation procedures and practices, the involvement of the Commissioner of the Revenuethe levy of taxespublic disclosure and access to recordstax to constitute lien, and administrative and judicial review