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Reassessment notices to arrive late February

Spotsylvania residents have been receiving their reassessment notices over the past few days. They were mailed out Tuesday.

But what about Stafford? The county will send notice letters out around the third week of February, says Commissioner of the Revenue Scott Mayausky. The reason for this difference is that Spotsylvania has an ordinance that gives residents a lengthy time period for appeals. Stafford does not have such an ordinance, and would shoot for about 30 days worth, Mayausky said.

According to reporter Jeff Branscome’s story last week: In Spotsy, the assessed value of commercial property dropped 9 percent since 2010, the last time reassessments were made. And residential real estate assessments decreased 2.2 percent. In 2010, that drop was 28 percent.

In 2010, Stafford’s overall real estate tax base dropped 23 percent.

The Board of Supervisors will set a real estate tax rate in April or May, based on recommendations from Mayausky and the county administrator.