It’s been two weeks since new property values hit the mailboxes in Macon County, but there’s nary a line to be seen at the county property appraisal office.
Only 400 appeals have trickled in so far. The last property revaluation in Macon County saw a whopping 4,000 appeals.
Macon County Planning Board members are still hashing out the details of a proposed noise ordinance.
The board held two meetings in January to figure out what language could be used to help address complaints about nuisance neighbors intentionally making noise to bother others without hindering property owners’ right to do what they wish on their land.
Mailboxes across Macon County were blanketed with new property value notices this week, the first countywide appraisal since 2007.
As you ripped open the envelope, there were probably two things on your mind:
Richard Lightner isn’t one for nostalgia.
For nearly 30 years, he’s been running the property reval show in Macon County. But there’s not much he misses about the old days.
The time of reckoning is finally here.
Macon County’s first countywide assessment of real estate values since the bust came out this week, and it’s full of surprises. For starters, your property values probably didn’t go down as much as you thought they would.
Some weeks Tommey Allen spends more time behind the wheel than a long-haul trucker.
It’s not all driving time though. Most of it is just idling along the curb, parked on the roadside and sitting in driveways. Over the past two years, Allen and the rest of the Macon County appraisal team have scouted every inch of road — paved, gravel, dirt or otherwise — to size up all 44,000 parcels of property and ultimately make a prognostication of what they’re worth.
June Tassillo loves real estate, but she never knew how exciting it could be until she worked her first all-or-nothing, one-day-only sales blitz for a comeback development.
• The quest for the perfect comp
• Macon’s reval: unplugged and uncensored
• What you really want to know when new property values arrive in the mail
• Meet Richard Lightner, the eagle eye of Macon’s reval
When the gates swung open the morning of the big day, in rushed a line of prospective buyers with every intention of snagging their dream lot before the day was out.
Macon County is asking Jackson County for money to pay for providing services to its residents in Highlands, but Jackson officials are exploring other alternatives, including establishing fire districts and levying a tax.
Macon County has requested about $160,000 from Jackson County to continue offering emergency services to residences in Highlands that are technically located in Jackson County. While Jackson County receives the property tax revenue from these homes, Macon County is burdened with the responsibility of providing emergency services.
Public transit in Macon County is slated to get a boost as Jackson and Macon counties work out an agreement to share a position between the two of them.
Jackson’s mobility coordinator position — a job that basically entails marketing the transportation system, helping new customers and meeting with collaborating agencies — is funded through a federal grant, but it’s turning out to be hard to fill as a 40-hour-per-week job for Jackson County alone.
Two residents shared their horror story experiences dealing with nuisance neighbors during a Dec. 18 Macon County Planning Board meeting.
The board is considering drafting a noise ordinance to address these residents’ complaints about loud music and gunshots coming from their neighbors’ homes. Donna Majerus and James Wright are frustrated because without a noise ordinance in place, they have no recourse other than calling law enforcement. An officer can come out and ask the neighbor to turn down the music, but the situation usually gets worse once the officer leaves, according to Majerus and Wright.