Understanding Your Fulton County Property Assessment
Fulton County Government website - March 2018
Your home is an important investment.
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.
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.
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 www.fultonassessor.org or by calling 404-612-6440
FULTON COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS
404-612-6440 X 4
Tax Assessors Offices:
Center, North Tower
235 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Government Center
141 Pryor Street, SW, Suite 1018, Atlanta,
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
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
10 New Benson Center Videos
From the Benson Center Media Team,
November 11, 2017
We just added 10 videos to our Benson Videos page.
To go there press here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
Benson Center presented with a Blue World Globe
Benson Center, July 26, 2017
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!
New Medicare Cards are on the way!
Johnson, May 18, 2017
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
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
Read more at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/new-medicare-cards-are-way?utm_source=govdelivery
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.
and vote each day for Dorothy Benson:
Online voting begins on May 5th, voting will end on July 1st at 11:59 pm.
Dr. Pamela Roshell Named as
Director of Aging & Youth Services
Source: Fulton Couny Government, April 14, 2017
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.