Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization is comprised of property owners appointed by the Grand Jury of Fulton County.  In addition to being property owners, the appointees to the Board of Equalization (BOE) must also be qualified and competent to serve as grand jurors and be high school graduates. Each member must satisfactorily complete 40 hours of certified training before he or she can participate as a member of the Board.  Each member must also complete an eight (8) hour continuous education class annually.  The Board is charged by the O.C.G.A. 48-5-311 to hear appeals of property tax matters that include:

Appeals
Property owners who filed an appeal to the Board of Tax Assessors within 45 days of the postmark date on their assessment notice are called an Appellant. The appeal is reviewed by the Board of Tax Assessors and if the Board's decision is a "no change," the appeal is forwarded to the Board of Equalization.

Hearings
Appellants (people who filed an appeal) will receive a notice of the date and time of the scheduled hearing.  All appeal hearings are held at 141 Pryor Street, Suite 5001 located on the fifth floor of the Government Center. 

To reschedule your hearing you must notify the Board of Equalization Office a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your scheduled hearing at (404) 613-7792.  To withdraw your hearing you must notify this office in writing a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your scheduled hearing.

Attendance
An Appellant may appear before the Board of Equalization or with a representative or authorize a representative to represent him/her in their absence.  However, the taxpayer shall specify in writing to the Board of Equalization the name of such agent or representative prior to any appearance by the agent or representative before the Board. 

Evidence
Documentation you may consider presenting to the Board of Equalization may include: Evidence of purchase price; Appraisals; Photographs of the interior, exterior, and surrounding area; Evidence of sale Prices; Comparable property values in your area.

Superior Court
The Appellant or the County Board of Tax Assessors may appeal decisions of the Board of Equalization.  The notice of appeal shall be filed within 30 days from the date on which the BOE decision was mailed.  The appeal to Superior Court is a jury trial and Appellant may wish to consider engaging an attorney.  The appeal must be filed with the Board of Tax Assessors by the owner or his/her attorney.

For more information regarding an appeal or the Board of Equalization, please view our "Frequently Asked Questions" tab or you may contact the office at (404) 613-7792.