Why are assessments determined annually?

In accordance with the Code of The City of Charlottesville all real estate shall be assessed annually. The assessments are effective January 1 of each year. Change of assessment notices are mailed annually at the end of January. Click here to view a sample reassessment notice.

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. Why does Charlottesville assess at fair market value?
3. What is fair market value?
4. How does the Assessor's Office obtain information on properties?
5. How are property values determined?
6. What if there are no recent sales on a certain street or block?
7. Why do assessments change from year to year?
8. Why are some properties assessed higher or lower than what they sell for?
9. How does a property owner appeal an assessment?
10. How is the tax rate determined?
11. Does the City offer any other programs for financial assistance?
12. What is the stormwater utility fee?