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Dear Friend,

If you own a business or property in Madison County, it is critical that you take a look at the real and personnel property rolls to see if the information used to calculate your ad valorem taxes is correct.  I'm writing this email since I've discovered that many do not read the PUBLIC NOTICES in the newspaper and are not aware of this important requirement. The rolls are available for inspection and examination; and protests must be filed by 9a.m., August 1.

It is essential that you check the information such as the square footage since this is one of the important elements used to determine the appraised value of your home.  Also, it is important to check that you have filed for HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION, or special homestead if you are 65 years old or are disabled. You can only file for Homestead during Jan-Mar of each year; however, if you, or your spouse, turned 65 before December 31, 2010, you can file an amended Homestead application for the special exemption.  


If you failed to file for Homestead Exemption, you can visit the Tax Assessor's office in Canton and request to be put on the "10% list" which will reduce your 2011 taxes by approximately 1/3. Additionally, for a limited time you may appeal for repayment of overpayment for 2010 taxes due to not filing for Homestead.  However, in January 2012 you will have to go back to the Tax Assessor to apply for Homestead. 


Now is the time to object/protest your appraised value if there is an error.  Please don't wait until after you get your tax bill in November 2011. You have from now until Monday, August 1, 2011, to appeal to the Tax Assessor and, if necessary, file a protest with the Chancery Clerk.


Below is the PUBLIC NOTICE which will run in the Madison County Herald announcing that the Madison County real and personal property assessment rolls are ready for inspection and examination; also, the instructions to follow if you have objections.









You are hereby notified that the real and personal property assessment rolls of Madison County, Mississippi, for the year 2011 have been equalized according to law, and that said rolls are ready for inspection and examination, and that any objections to said rolls or any assessment therein contained, shall be in writing and filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of  Madison County, Mississippi on or before 9:00 o'clock a.m. on the 1st day of August, 2011 at his office in the Chancery/Administrative Building, 125 West North Street, 2nd Floor, Canton, Mississippi, Madison County,  Mississippi,  and that all assessments to which no objection is then and there made, will be finally approved by said Board of Supervisors, and that all assessments to which objection is made, and which may be corrected and properly determined by this Board, will be made final by  this Board of Supervisors and that said rolls and the assessments contained therein will be approved by this Board of Supervisors; and that,


1.     This Board will be in session, for the purpose of hearing objections to the said       assessments which may be filed at the Chancery Clerks Office at the Chancery/Administrative Building, 125 West North Street, 2nd Floor in the City of Canton, Madison County, Mississippi, beginning at 9:00 o'clock a.m. on the 1st day of August, 2011.


2.     This Board of Supervisors will remain in session from day to day until all objections, lawfully filed, shall have been disposed of and all proper corrections made in the said rolls.


Witness the signature of the said Board of Supervisors this the 5th day of July, 2011.



/s/ Tim Johnson, President

Inspection and Examination of Property Rolls

You can either go to the Chancery/Madison County Office Building in Canton to inspect the rolls, or you can look up the info on the Madison County web site, including the true market value on your property. 


Below are links to the preliminary rolls as delivered to the Board of Supervisors on July 5, 2011.  If there are errors, such as the wrong square footage; or if you feel that this does not reflect the true market value and if you have supporting documentation, such as an appraisal, comps, plans, etc., call the Tax Assessor's office in Canton (601-859-1921) or Ridgeland (601-856-1796) to make an appointment with an appraiser.

If necessary, protests should be filed with the Chancery Clerk before August 1, 2011.



You should compare the true market value information with your last tax statement to see if your values have changed. You won't be notified personally in writing unless there was an increase of 25% or greater. So, it might be worth your while to check the rolls and calculate what your property tax bill will be.

Additional Property tax information and calculators
Click here for additional information and calculator related to property taxes http://goo.gl/FriCL
I'm proud to serve you as Madison County Supervisor! Please let me know if I can ever be of service.  May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.
D.I. Smith
Madison County Supervisor
District 3
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