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Understanding Your Fulton County Property Assessment
Source: Fulton County Government website - March 2018

Your Fulton County Property Assessment

Your home is an important investment.
Property assessments reflect your home’s value and affect your property taxes.

Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 2

If you live in a home you own, you may be able to reduce your property taxes by making sure you are taking advantage of all exemptions.  This is especially important as property values continue to rise across Fulton County and the metro area.

To qualify for homestead exemptions, the property owner claiming the exemption must own, occupy, and claim the property as their legal residence on January 1 of the year in which they first qualify for the exemption.

In addition to basic homestead exemptions, there are other exemptions available for seniors.  These exemptions have requirements for both age and income. Some require an age of 62 and others require that the applicant is age 65 or 70. Exemptions are available for people qualifying for full disability and other special circumstances.

Homeowners must apply for exemptions – they do not take effect automatically.  Basic homestead exemptions renew each year automatically as long as you own the home. Most senior exemptions also remain in place as long as you own the home. If any changes are made to the deed, even if the occupants remain the same, you will need to re-file for homestead exemption. 

To apply, you need to bring your driver’s license or Georgia ID and all vehicle registrations.  If you are applying for a senior homestead exemption, you should also bring both your Georgia and your Federal tax returns.

The first stop is the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office to apply for exemptions with Fulton County, Atlanta and Fulton County school systems and basic city exemptions (if any).  Fulton County seniors who live in the cities of Alpharetta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Milton, Palmetto, Roswell or Union City should also contact their city directly about any available senior homestead exemptions.

The 2018 homestead exemption deadline is Monday, April 2.  Fulton County residents can learn more online at or by calling 404-612-6440 X 4.

404-612-6440 X 4

Tax Assessors Offices:

Peachtree Center, North Tower
235 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30303

Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor Street, SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta, GA 30303

Fulton County Customer Service Center at Maxwell Road
11575 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 261, Atlanta, GA 30350

South Fulton Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224, College Park, GA 30349

Fulton County wants to help you better understand the property assessment process and your rights and responsibilities:

Read and/or download the 2 page flyer:
Understanding Your Fulton County Property Assessment

Read and/or download the 16 page guide:
Fulton County Guide to Homestead Exemptions 

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10 New Benson Center Videos
From the Benson Center Media Team, November 11, 2017

Mary Pickford

We just added 10 videos to our Benson Videos page.
To go there press here.

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Busting the Top Five Medicare Myths
Society of Certified Senior Advisors, September 4, 2017


Avoid becoming a victim of what you think you know about Medicare.

Nearly everyone over the age of 65 depends on it, but myths and misconceptions around Medicare persist. The government-funded health insurance program for seniors will provide more cumulative lifetime benefits to average earners than Social Security by 2055, according to a study by the Urban Institute, but its complexities inspire a host of misconceptions.

Whether you will be new to Medicare or have gone through the process many times before, here’s how to navigate around unnecessary penalties, bad timing and costly stays you only thought were covered.

To see and read the whole article, go to the CSA website: 

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Welcome Hellenne Vermillion -  new Benson Center Art Instructor
From Benson Center, August 5, 2017

Welcome Hellenne Vermillion - new Benson Center Art Instructor. Hellenne will start her tenure with several Workshops including silk painting, polymer clay, wire wrapping, etc. 

Hellenne Vermillion is a mixed media artist who creates carved clay mask bases to which she applies hand dye painted silk, wool roving, and other fibers. Her love of forming with clay and her love of working with fiber, and dye color on silk brought her to combine all these materials in her work. Her interest in archaeology and past cultures and imagining how the people lived their daily lives, along with a high school class where her group created a civilization and it's artifacts were the impetus for the masks she creates today.

The masks are from an imaginary civilization and are called spirit masks. The masks show the human and animal spirits of that imaginary world, and are decorated with texture, color, knots, felted wools and beads. They are called tattoo, bird, feline masks along with blue sky and dawn spirit masks. One element that is commonly seen in the works is using threads wrapped around fibers and knots.

Hellenne Vermillion is half Japanese and bicultural. The tying of knots in Japanese culture has been taken to an art form and are seen in ceremonial and spiritual work. Although the true meaning of these knots are not fully understood, they are a vital part of her upbringing - meaning they were everywhere, in temples, in shrines, in packaging, and in clothing - and somewhere in the subconscious mind it plays an important role in her work even if its significance isn't understood.

Through the mask's eyes, the spirit sees our world, and if we were to see through the eyes of the mask, what would we see?

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Benson Center presented with a Blue World Globe
From Benson Center, July 26, 2017

Benson Center presented Blue World Globe Award

Tuesday, July 25th, at The Council on Aging 38th Annual Senior Luncheon, the Benson Center was presented with a Blue World Globe for its contributions to the Council - engraved: “You Make a World of Difference” from the Council on Aging 2017. This is the first time this World Globe was presented! 

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New Medicare Cards are on the way!
By Andrew Johnson, May 18, 2017
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Sample Card 

Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status.

And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you.

Read more at: 

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2017 Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Finalists
From 2017-U Sandy Springs Magazine, May 5, 2017


U Sandy Springs Magazine, in conjunction with U Media and the Health and Well-Being Council of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, would like to announce the 2017 Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Finalists. These 25 distinguished individuals represent the mission and values of U Sandy Springs and work tirelessly to make Sandy Springs a great place to live, work and play. They were nominated by family, friends, colleagues and more.

Click and vote each day for Dorothy Benson:

Online voting begins on May 5th, voting will end on July 1st at 11:59 pm.

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Dr. Pamela Roshell Named as
Fulton County Director of Aging & Youth Services 

Source: Fulton Couny Government, April 14, 2017

Dr. Pamela Roshell

Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson has named Dr. Pamela Roshell as the new Director of the Department of Aging & Youth Services. 

Dr. Roshell brings over 20 years of experience in public administration, health policy and gerontology. She will begin with Fulton County on March 22, reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer Todd Long. 

Read more about her on the Fulton County Government website

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