The Real Estate Assessment Office determines the value of all property located within the City of Falls Church at full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year. This is done in accordance with Virginia Code to distribute taxes equitably among all taxpayers, at a real estate tax rate set by City Council each year to help fund the annual budget.
The total taxable assessed value for all properties in the city, as of January 1, 2017, is $ 4,008,203,600 ($4.0 billion), a 3.6 percent increase from January 1, 2016. New construction (valued at $83.8 million) accounts for over fifty-nine 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 Tuesday, February 21.
Changes Compared to Previous Year
Commercial new construction accounted for $56.4 million of growth
Residential new construction account for $27.4 million of growth.
Residential real estate values increased 2.59 percent over the last year
As set forth in the Virginia Constitution, real estate is assessed at 100% 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.
Notices of Reassessment are mailed during the first quarter of the year. Property owners may make inquiries or appeal their annual assessment to the Assessor at any time during the tax year if the assessment:
Taxpayers are encouraged to request formal reconsideration of their assessment by the City Assessor prior to filing an appeal with the BOE; however, appeals may be made directly to the BOE or the Circuit Court in Arlington County.
This information is widely used by realtors, attorneys, title search personnel, prospective home buyers, sellers, private appraisers, and surveyors. It is also used to produce an assessment land book each year.
2017 Important Dates & Deadlines
January 1: Effective Date of Annual Assessments
March 24: Appeal to Assessor Deadline
April 24: City Council Sets Real Estate Tax Rate
May 27: Deadline for Filing 2016 Income and Expense Surveys
June 2: Appeal to Board of Equalization (BOE) Deadline