BOC to vote on second Board of Equalization

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will vote on whether or not to add a second Board of Equalization in Rockdale County.

The board heard the resolution at its Tuesday work session, and will vote at its Sept. 27 meeting.

The Board of Equalization reviews tax assessments in Rockdale County.

The resolution, requested by the clerk of Superior Courts and sponsored by Commissioner Oz Nesbitt, asks that a second Board of Equalization be added to aid residents who cannot schedule appeals during business hours, as well as help the office of the clerk of the Superior Court respond to requests in a timely manner.

“To have a Board of Equalization that not only meets the schedules and lifestyles of our working residents who just don’t have time during the core of the day to come out and have a meeting, to make sure we are a little more accommodating to those citizens that have demanding schedules and lifestyles — that’s the cry and the plea of our business owners,” Nesbitt said.

A Board of Equalization may be formed for every 10,000 parcels of land, according to state law. Rockdale County has 35,163 parcels of land.

“Establishing the second BOE will enable the county to respond to the needs of the public in a manner they have the right to expect,” wrote Clerk of Superior and State Courts Ruth Wilson in a letter to the BOC. “… We trust the BOC will see the wisdom in anticipating the needs of the public before availability and fair access become issues.”

Wilson said at Tuesday’s meeting the cost to add a Board of Equalization will have no fiscal effect in 2011 and a small effect on the 2012 budget.

“It is clearly in the public interest, we ask you move expeditiously to resolve to create this board,” Wilson said.

The proposed resolution can be viewed at www.rockdalecounty.org/BOC_Agenda/Media/PDF_920/ß.

The Board of Commissioners will hold its next meeting on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at 901 Main St.