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F.C. City Real Estate Assessments Up 2.7%, City Hall Announces

All properties in the City of Falls Church were reported to be valued at $4,570,946,700 ($4.57 billion), a 2.72 percent increase from Jan. 1, 2020, according to a release City of Falls Church Assessors Office.

New construction (valued at $72.68 million) accounts for 60.58 percent of the increase in assessed value in the City, and market appreciation accounts for the remainder. City assessments will be mailed to property owners in late February.

Updated assessment information will be posted on the City website by March 2.     

Individual home owners are being told to expect to receive their individual assessments in the mail before the end of the month, and the tax rate will be set in late April by the F.C. City Council.

Residential new construction accounted for $17.68 million of growth; commercial new construction accounts for $55.0 million of growth.

Overall commercial property values increased 0.57 percent since January 2020 and multi-family property values decreased 2.78 percent; overall residential real estate values increased 4.07 percent over the last year.

Single family homes and townhomes had varying changes but overall were up 4.21 percent and 4.62 percent respectively; and residential condominiums had varying changes but overall increased 3.12 percent.

As set forth in the Virginia Constitution, real estate is assessed at 100 percent of fair market value. The City’s Office of Real Estate Assessment calculates property value annually using mass appraisal techniques that are standard in the real estate assessment industry.

The notice of assessment is an appraisal of the fair market value of the property; it is not a tax bill. Property tax payments will be due in two installments on December 6, 2021 and June 6, 2022; property owners will receive bills prior to these dates.

The real estate tax rate will be determined on April 26, 2021, when the Falls Church City Council adopts the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget and Capital Improvements Program and sets the tax rate. Public hearings on the budget will be held on March 22, April 12, and April 26 at 7:30 p.m. To see the complete budget schedule, visit www.fallschurchva.gov/Budget.

Individual assessments will be mailed later this month. Clity Hall has advised residents that after evaluating the assessment, homeowners wondering if their assessment is correct should ask the question, “Would my home sell for the assessed value if I put it on the market?” If the answer is “yes,” the assessment is probably accurate. If the answer is “no,” contact the Office of Real Estate Assessment at 703-248-5022 (TTY 711).

Deadlines for assessment appeals are Friday, April 2 for an Office of Real Estate Assessment review and Friday, June 4 for a Board of Equalization review.