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Real Estate

The Commissioner of Revenue’s Office is responsible for the records management and assessments for all real property located in Alleghany County. Obtaining deeds of bargain and sale, deeds of correction, and lists of heirs, wills and other records from the Clerk of the Circuit Court allows us to complete the transfer of ownership of property. It is important to maintain timely recordings of transfers to ensure that current owners of property are assessed and taxed. Our records are accessible to the public and widely used by Realtors, attorneys, title search personnel, prospective homebuyers, sellers, appraisers, and surveyors. We maintain history files of all parcels of land in the County as well as information specific to each parcel that includes: ownership, deed and plat references, ownership history, and specific house information.

How is my property assessed?

Assessed values for real estate are set every six years during the general reassessment. The purpose of the general reassessment is to bring assessed values in line with fair market value. The last general reassessment in Alleghany County was effective on January 1, 2013. In between general reassessments, the Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for assessing any new construction from building permits each year.

Board of Equalization Hearing Schedule:

The Board of Equalization for Alleghany County will meet on the days hereafter listed for the purpose of hearing and giving consideration to concerns and complaints regarding property assessment.  All oral and/or written complaints will be addressed and may result in an increase, decrease, or affirmation of the real estate assessment.  All written complaints should be addressed to Alleghany County Board of Equalization, 9212 Winterberry Avenue, Suite E, Covington, VA  24426.  Before a change can be granted, the taxpayer or his agent must overcome a clear presumption in favor of the assessment.  The taxpayer or agent must provide substantial evidence that the assessment of the property is not uniform with the assessments of other similar properties or prove that the property is assessed in excess of its fair market value.

Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes to minimize citizen waiting.  To schedule an appointment with the Board of Equalization, please call (540) 863-6640 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday excluding legal holidays.  Meetings of the Board of Equalization to hear concerns and objections will be held in the Board Room at the Alleghany County Governmental Complex, 9212 Winterberry Avenue, Covington, VA 24426.  The dates and times are as follows:                  

                   Tuesday, February 5, 2019            9:00 am – 2:30 pm

                   Thursday, February 7, 2019          9:00 am – 2:30 pm

                   Tuesday, February 12, 2019          9:00 am – 2:30 pm

                   Friday, February 15, 2019             9:00 am – 2:30 pm

 Additional dates and times will be scheduled as necessary and advertised ten days in advance of the additional hearing dates.

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