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1000’s of Petersburg properties incorrectly billed for actual property tax – WWBT

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) – Metropolis officers in Petersburg are admitting a significant mix-up on actual property taxes. The town says hundreds of properties have been underbilled, doubtlessly which means hundreds of residents might find yourself paying extra within the close to future.

The town says it was made conscious of the error a few weeks in the past however first made the error public throughout its metropolis council assembly Tuesday.

The present actual property tax price is about $1.27 per $100, however metropolis supervisor March Altman says that tax price was incorrectly utilized to final yr’s property values which have been usually decrease.

In keeping with the town, roughly 65% of Petersburg properties have elevated in worth since final yr.

Altman says if a resident acquired an actual property reassessment discover again in January that was increased than their earlier property worth evaluation, then there’s a great probability you have been underbilled in your most up-to-date invoice due on the finish of the month.

“That is our mistake, fully; we take duty for that,” Altman stated. “We’re within the neighborhood of about 11,000 properties that is perhaps affected and subsequently 11,000 payments.”

Petersburg resident Roslyn Williams says she’s appalled as a result of she’ll probably should pay greater than the greenback quantity proven on her most up-to-date actual property tax invoice.

“They need to have gotten that appropriate from the start,” Williams stated. “I feel they need to undoubtedly eat that and chew on it.”

However Altman says this error might price the town as much as $2.5 million if not corrected. The town says they plan to gather that further quantity from residents later.

“We’re engaged on an answer that may greater than probably be a supplemental billing that may exit that may make up that differential in that fee. We are going to roll that out, and after we do roll that supplemental billing out, we are going to give residents loads of time to make that further fee.” Altman stated. “Firstly, pay the taxes on the invoice that was despatched that was due on the finish of the month.”

However residents like Williams say she’ll reluctantly pay extra, however she gained’t be glad about it.

“I feel in the event that they do issues the fitting method, then the town will all the time come out on high. However after they don’t, and persons are billed haphazardly due to another person’s mistake, we wind up paying for it, and it’s not honest,” Williams stated.

The town has not but decided when these further payments will exit. It’s additionally nonetheless investigating how this error was made within the first place.

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