- Board of Equalization
Board of Equalization
The Board of Equalization is a three-member and one alternate, citizen and property owner panel, recommended by the local governing body and formally appointed by court order from the City of Hopewell Circuit Court. Each Reassessment year the Board of Equalization is formally appointed for a term of 1 year. The Board of Equalization is independent of the Department of Real Estate Assessments and establishes its own deadlines and procedures based on the Code of Virginia.
If you do not agree with the appeal decision by the Department of Real Estate Assessment, then it is the Board's duty to hear evidence from the taxpayer and the assessor to decide if the real estate assessment is correct. The Board’s primary duty and concern is the equalization of real estate assessments to ensure that the real estate tax is born equally by all. An appeal to the Board of equalization is not a complaint about higher taxes. The appellant must prove that their property’s Fair Market Value is either inaccurate or inequitable when compared to similar property types.
The Department of Real Estate can provide you with the forms for an appeal to the Board of Equalization and make appointments for you to appear before the Board.
- January 1, 2025 Reassessment
What are the responsibilities of a Board of Equalization Member and Application?
- Job description for Potential Members
- Board of Equalization Manual
- Talent Bank Online Application
- Talent Bank Printable Application (PDF)
Minutes and Annual Reports
2023 Annual Report
Commercial, Industrial, Multifamily, Residential
Agent Authorization Letter - Notarized
Organization Meeting - Date, Location
Appeal Hearings Meetings – Date, Location
Training by Virginia Department of Taxation – Date, Location