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Hundreds of Homes in Dunwoody, Brookhaven Assessed Too Much

County's tax appraiser says the homes were not in line with market value after a second look.

Roughly 700 homes in northern DeKalb County have been assessed values too high and the owners will receive new assessments, according to the DeKalb appraiser's office.

A lot of them are in Dunwoody neighborhoods - addresses on Mt. Vernon Way, Summerset Drive and Vernon North Drive, Dunwoody Place and many others. Others are in Brookhaven - including Clairmont Drive, Skyland Drive, Carlton Place - and the North Druid Hills area.

The change in some cases is whopping. A home on Dunwoody Place was originally assessed for around $422,000. It was reassessed at $188,000.

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"The values that we have put on these properties do not seem to be supported by market values," said Calvin Hicks, chief appraiser for DeKalb County.

The news of the mistaken assessments come to light after the county has already admitted to 4,000 similar eronneous assessments - 1,500 of them in Decatur.

Hicks said there are other potential problem areas across the county, but not in the northern part of the county.

The list of the most recent mistaken assessments was given Thursday to Elaine Boyer's chief of staff Bob Lundsten, according to Hicks.

Lundsten had been inquiring about the list of mistaken assessments after gathering complaints from area residents who felt the appraised values on their property was off, Hicks said.

For property owners on the list, a 30-day time frame to appeal the assessment is reset when they get their new assessment. Hicks said that others who felt their assessment was off should appeal. 

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