Property (ad valorem) taxes are taxes on real and/or business personal property. Real property includes land and improvements. Business personal property refers to items which are movable, such as equipment, etc.
The Revenue Commissioner does not have the authority to lower taxes. Taxes are based on millage rates which are set by County, City and State Governing agencies.
The Revenue Commissioner is responsible for determining property value (based on guidelines set by the Alabama Department of Revenue) which must, by law, be set according to "fair and reasonable market value". Your property may not be for sale, but the local county appraiser must set the value of the property as if it were sold in an "arms length" transaction between a "willing buyer and a willing seller", neither being under pressure to sell.
Property Taxes frequently asked questions: FAQs
In Colbert County your tax bill is based on millage rates.
The amount of taxes to be paid is determined by multiplying the millage rate by the assessed value less the proper exemptions.
A mill is one-tenth of one cent (.001). When all the taxing authorities' millage requests are added together, you can calculate the total tax bill.
For example, if you own and live in a residence in Tuscumbia valued at $100,000, you pay taxes on 10 percent of the appraised value or $10,000. Without exemptions in Tuscumbia you would owe ($10,000 x .048) or $480.00.
An example of commercial or Class 2 property would be $100,000 x 20% (.20) x .048 or $960.00
2015 Advalorem Tax Rates
|Soldier||.001||Rd. and Br.||.002|
|Total State||.0065||Total County||.0125|
|H/1 Not Exempt
on .004 Co. School
|Maximum Amount - 43.00|
|H/2||State||All (up to 160 acres)|
|City Schools||5,000 Maximum|
|H/3||State||All (up to 160 acres)|
|County||All (up to 160 acres)|
|Municipal||All (up to 160 acres)|
|School||All (up to 160 acres)|
|H/4||State||All (up to 160 acres)|
|*01||District No. 1||.011||--||.030|
|*02||District No. 2||.011||--||.030|