I'm a retired person, why should my assessment increase?
There are many ideas regarding how the assessment process should work. Our elected officials write laws that the assessor must administer. The assessor administers the assessment process in accordance with the Code of Virginia and the Code of Newport News which require all assessments to be based on fair market value with no consideration given as to the ownership or personal circumstances involved.

The assessor has no authority to reduce or abate assessments for the above mentioned reasons. If the assessor were allowed to make such reductions, there could be no uniformity or equity in the assessment system. While assessments cannot be reduced, real estate tax relief may be granted if certain requirements are met. Additional information concerning the requirements for this program may be obtained by calling the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-3535.

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. What is the effective date of an assessment?
3. Does the assessor determine the tax rate and the real estate tax?
4. Does the assessor set assessment policy?
5. Does the assessor control the amount of taxes collected?
6. Who is responsible for mailing the real estate tax bills and who collects the tax?
7. Will routine property maintenance increase your assessment?
8. Do demolitions affect the assessment?
9. When are buildings under construction assessed?
10. I am building an addition to my already-built house; when will the addition be assessed?
11. How are property owners notified of any change made in the assessed value of their property?
12. Is it fair for my assessment to increase at a rate greater than the city average?
13. How often is my property visited by an appraiser?
14. I just bought a house for X dollars; shouldn't the assessment be set exactly at X dollars?
15. I'm a retired person, why should my assessment increase?
16. What sales or property transfers are utilized when determining assessments?