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General Questions





  • Definitions
  • AC
    - ACRE
    ADJ
    - ADJOINING
    A/C
    - AIR CONDITIONING
    ALG
    -ALONG
    ALUM
    - ALUMINUM
    ANG
    - ANGLE
    AKA
    - ALSO KNOWN AS
    APR
    - APPRAISAL
    ASPH
    - ASPHALT
    ATT
    - ATTACHED
    AVG
    - AVERAGE
    ASB
    - ASBESTOS
    BSMT
    - BASEMENT
    BTH
    - BATH
    BEG
    - BEGINNING
    BLK
    - BLOCK
    BK
    - BOOK
    BRK
    - BRICK
    BC
    - BRICKRETE
    BV
    - BRICK VENEER
    BLD/
    - BLDG BUILDING
    CAN
    - CANOPY
    CARPORT
    - PC
    CHR
    - CHURCH
    CP
    - CLOSED PORCH
    COMM
    - COMMERCIAL
    COMP
    - COMPLETE
    CONC
    - CONCRETE
    CB
    - CONCRETE BLOCK
    CONST
    - CONSTRUCTION
    CONT
    - CONTINUE
    COR
    - CORNER
    CORP
    - CORPORATION
    CO
    - COUNTY
    CK
    - CREEK
    CU
    - CURRENT USE
    DECD
    - DECEASED
    DBK
    - DEED BOOK
    DEG
    - DEGREE
    DEPT
    - DEPARTMENT
    DESC
    - DESCRIPTION
    DET
    - DETACHED
    DBA
    - DOING BUSINESS AS
    DR
    - DRIVE
    DWG
    - DWELLING
    EASE
    - EASEMENT
    E
    - EAST
    ELY
    - EASTERLY
    E NE
    - EAST NORTHEAST
    E NW
    - EAST NORTHWEST
    E/S
    - EAST SIDE
    ELEC
    -ELECTRIC
    ENCL
    - ENCLOSURE
    EXT
    - EXTERIOR
    FT
    - FEET
    FAM
    - FAMILY
    FT
    - FOOT
    FOLL
    - FOLLOWING
    FR
    - FRAME
    GAL
    - GALVANIZED
    GAR
    - GARAGE
    GRHSE
    - GREEN HOUSE
    ½
    - ONE HALF
    HTG
    - HEATING
    HWY
    - HIGHWAY
    IMP
    - IMPROVEMENT
    %
    - IN CARE OF
    IN
    - INCH
    INT
    - INTERIOR
    INT
    - INTERSECTING
    INT
    - INTEREST
    IS
    - ISLAND
    JCT
    - JUNCTION
    LK
    - LAKE
    LT
    - LEFT
    LGT
    - LENGTH
    LA
    - LIVING AREA
    LOC
    - LOCATED
    LOC
    - LOCATION
    MBK
    - MAPBOOK
    MV
    - MARKET VALUE
    MEAS
    - MEASURE
    MRG
    - MERGE
    MTG
    - MEETING
    MTL
    - METAL
    MC
    - METAL CLAD
    MID
    - MIDDLE
    MI
    - MILE
    MIN
    - MINUTE
    MH
    - MOBILE HOME
    M/L
    - MORE OR LESS
    MTG
    - MORTGAGE
    MULT
    - MULTIPLE
    MUN
    - MUNICIPAL
    N
    - NORTH
    NE
    - NORTHEAST
    NLY
    - NORTHERLY
    N/L
    - NORTH LINE
    N NE
    - NORTH NORTHEAST
    N NW
    - NORTH NORTHWEST
    N/S
    - NORTH SIDE
    NV
    - NO VALUE
    NO,#
    - NUMBER
    NUM
    - NUMERIC
    OP
    - OPEN PORCH
    ORIG
    - ORIGINAL
    P
    - PAGE
    PAR
    - PARALLEL
    PAR
    - PARCEL
    PT
    - PARTIAL
    PAT
    - PATIO
    PAV
    - PAVING
    PL
    - PENALTY
    %
    - PERCENT
    PL
    - PLACE
    PT
    - POINT
    POB
    - POINT OF BEGINNING
    POWATTY
    - POWER OF ATTORNEY
    PC
    - POINT OF CURVATURE
    P T
    - POINT OF TANGENCY
    PT
    - PORTION
    PREFAB
    - PREFABRICATED
    PPTY
    - PROPERTY
    PUB
    - PUBLIC
    PU
    - PUBLIC UTILITY
    RAD
    - RADIUS
    RR
    - RAILROAD
    RWY
    - RAILWAY
    R
    - RANGE
    RPBK
    - REAL PROPERTY BOOK
    REC
    - RECORDED
    REINF
    - REINFORCED
    RES
    - RESIDENCE
    RESUB
    - RESUBDIVISION
    RDG
    - RIDGE
    RT
    - RIGHT
    R/W,ROW
    - RIGHT OF WAY
    RIV
    - RIVER
    RD
    - ROAD
    RDWY
    - ROADWAY
    RF
    - ROOF
    RM
    - ROOM
    RUN
    - RUNNING
    SEC
    - SECTION
    SVC
    - SERVICE
    SHPG CTR
    - SHOPPING CENTER
    SDG
    - SIDING
    S
    - SOUTH
    SE
    - SOUTHEAST
    SLY
    - SOUTHERLY
    S/L
    - SOUTHLINE
    S/S
    - SOUTH SIDE
    S SE
    - SOUTH SOUTHEAST
    S SW
    - SOUTH SOUTHWEST
    SW
    - SOUTHWEST
    SWLY
    - SOUTHWESTERLY
    TER
    - TERRACE
    TH
    - THEN
    TH
    - THENCE
    THRU,
    - THROUGH
    TAV
    - TOTAL ASSESSED VALUE
    T,
    TWP - TOWNSHIPv
    TRT
    - TRACT
    UNDIV
    - UNDIVIDED
    UNIC
    - UNINCOPORATED
    UNLTD
    - UNLIMITED
    UT
    - UTILITY
    V
    - VACANT
    VLY
    - VALLEY
    VAL
    - VALUE
    VAR
    - VARIATION
    VLG
    - VILLAGE
    VOLS
    - COLUMNS
    WHSE
    - WAREHOUSE
    W
    - WEST
    WLY
    - WESTERLY
    WLY
    - WESTERN
    W/S
    - WEST SIDE
    WHF
    - WARF
    YD
    - YARD
    YR
    - YEAR


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  • Mobile County Millage Rates
  • In Mobile County your tax bill is based on millage rates applied for the following purposes:

    State General Fund 2.5M for Mobile County
    State Soldier Fund 1M for Mobile County
    State School Fund 3M for Mobile County
    County General Fund 6M for Mobile County
    County Road & Bridge Fund 3.5M for Mobile County
    County Special Rd. & Bridge Fund 6.5 for Mobile County
    School General Fund 7M for Mobile County
    School District Tax 3.5M for Mobile County
    Special School Tax 7M for Mobile County
    School Tax-Mobile/Prichard 12M for Mobile County
    School Tax-county/other 4M for Mobile County
    County Hospital Tax 3.5M for Mobile County
    Vector Control Control Tax 1M for Mobile County
    Total State County & School 56.5M Mobile and Prichard 48.5M County/other

    City of Prichard 5M
    City of Citronelle 6M
    City of Chickasaw 4.5M
    City of Creola 5M
    City of Mobile 7M
    City of Mt. Vernon 5M
    City of Bayou La Batre 5M
    City of Saraland 3.5M
    City of Satsuma 5M
    City of Dauphin Island 5M

    The amount of taxes to be paid is determined by multiplying the appropriate millage by assessed value less the proper exemptions. Millage rates are set by the county commissions and other taxing agencies, in response to:

    1. Needs of county general fund
    2. needs of others who receive property tax revenues
    A mill is one-tenth of one cent(.001). When all of the taxing authorities' millage requests are added together, you can calculate a total tax bill.

    For example, if you own and live in a residence valued at $40,000 you pay on 10 percent of value or $4,000. Without exemptions, 56.5 mills would mean you owed $4,000 X .0565 = $226.50 or 48.5 mills would mean you owe $4,000 X .0485 = $195.00, depending on whether property is in Mobile/Prichard or Mobile County.


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  • Property classifications
  • In Alabama, property is classified as:

    Class I Utility 30%

    Class II All other property 20%

    Class III Farm Property and Owner Occupied Residential Property 10%

    Class IV Motor Vehicles 15%


    You multiply the appraised value of property by the proper classification to determine the assessed value.

    Taxes are based on assessed value less exemptions which you qualify for. For example, if you are eligible, apply for Homestead Exemptiom 1, 2, 3 or 4 before December 31 of each beginning tax year.


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  • Tax Codes
  • 1000 WEED LIEN
    1050 DEMOLITION LIEN OR CITY ASSESSMENT
    1500 ACT 48 EXEMPT ACCOUNT
    1525 ACT 48 EXEMPTION CANCELLED
    1550 ACT 48 SIGNED RECLAIM FORM RECEIVED BY THIS OFFICE
    1600 PERSONAL PROPERTY ACCOUNT
    1800 ACCOUNT IN BANKRUPTCY
    1850 ACCOUNT IN CHAPTER 13
    1900 TAX SALE PROPERTY - STATE IS LIEN HOLDER
    1925 TRANSFER OF TAX CERTIFICATE
    1950 TAX SALE PROPERTY - INDIVIDUAL LIEN HOLDER
    1975 STATE TAX DEED


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  • Improvement abbreviations
  • 2
    1 UPPER FLOOR 2 STORY
    +2H
    1 UPPER FLOORS 2 1/2 STORY
    3
    UPPER FLOOR 3 STORY
    +MS
    MULTI STY: TOTAL UPPER FL AREA
    1
    *THIS TABLE NOT IN USE
    ADD
    ADDITIONAL UNPLOTABLE AREAS
    B1
    BASEMENT-DIRT FLOOR PRIMITIVE
    B2
    BASEMENT-CONCRETE FLOOR NO-FIN
    B3
    BSMT GAR-UNDER LIVING AREA
    B4
    BSMT-CONC FLR PART FIN WALLS
    B5
    BSMT-CONC FL FULL FIN NO PARTI
    B7
    BSMT-LIVING QTRS FINISH RES
    BAS
    BASE
    BF3
    BSMT-CONC FLR PART FIN WALLS
    CB6
    CABANA LOW COST
    CB7
    CABANA AVERAGE
    CB8
    CABANA GOOD
    CN1
    CANOPY-LOW COST COMM/INDUST
    CN2
    CANOPY-AVER ON COMM/INDUST
    CN3
    CANOPY-ABOVE AVER COMML/INDUST
    CN4
    CANOPY-GOOD ON COMML/INDUST
    CN5
    MARQUEE AND ELABORATE CANOPIES
    CND
    CANOPY & LOADING DOCK
    CP4
    CLSE PORCH-UNDR ELV-STR FIN
    CP5
    CLSE PORCH-UNDR ELV-STR FIN
    CP6
    CLOSED-PORCH RF WALLS
    CP7
    CLOSED-PORCH RF WALLS
    CP8
    CLOSED-PORCH-RF WALLS NORMAL
    D2
    LOADING DOCK
    G.3
    GARAGE UNDER ELEV STR ENCL FN
    G2
    GARAGE UNDER ELEV STR ENCL UN
    G3
    ATT GAR-UNFIN FL NO DOOR
    G4
    ATT GAR-UNFIN INT FL DOOR
    G5
    ATT GAR-FINISHED INT FL NO DOOR
    G6
    ATT GAR-FINISHED INT FL DOOR
    MZ1
    MEZ-STRGE LIGHT WGT CHEAP CNST
    MZ2
    MEZ-STORAGE LIGHT WGT AV-CONST
    MZ3
    MEZ-STORAGE LIGHT HEAVY DUTY AV-CNST
    MZ4
    MEZ-DISPLAY STORE FINISH
    MZ5
    MEZ-OFFICE ENCL AVG OFCE FIN
    MZ6
    MEZ-STORAGE HVY DTY AV-CONST
    MZO
    MEZ-OFFICE OPEN FIN INT NO PLB
    OP
    OPEN PORCH-UNDR ELV-STR FLR
    OP2
    OPEN PORCH-STOOP AND POSTS
    OP3
    OPEN PORCH-FLOOR ROOF POST
    OP4
    OPEN PORCH TILE FLOOR ROOF
    PC
    CARPORT-UNDR ELV-STR FL NO WALLS
    PC1
    CARPORT-ROOF POSTS DIRT FLOOR
    PC2
    CARPORT-ROOF CONCRETE FLOOR
    PC3
    CARPORT-ROOF CONCRETE FLOOR POSTS
    PC4
    CARPORT ROOF CONCRETE FLOOR CL 1/2 WL
    PF1
    CARPORT-PREFAB CONC FLOOR
    SP2
    SCRN PORCH-UNDR ELV-STR SCR-FL
    SP4
    SCREEN PORCH-RF FL POST SCRN
    SP5
    SCREEN PORCH-RF FL POST SCRN
    SP6
    SCREEN-PORCH RF TILE FL POST
    TW1
    TRUCK WELL
    U.4
    CLOSED SHED ON STORE (COMML)
    U2
    UTIL RM UNDER ELEV STR ENCL UF
    U3
    UTIL RM UNDER ELEV STR ENCL FN
    U4
    UTILITY ROOM-AT REAR OF CRPT
    U5
    UTILITY ROOM-AT TO RESIDENCE
    U6
    UTIL RM-ATT TO RES FINISED INT
    UF1
    UF 1-1/2 UNFINISHED STAIRS DOO
    UF2
    UPPER FLOOR 1-1/2 STORY LOW
    UF2
    UPPER FLOOR 1-1/2 STORY LOW
    UF4
    UPPER FLOOR 1-1/2 STORY HIGH
    UF4
    UPPER FLOOR 1-1/2 STORY HIGH
    UF6
    UPPER FLOOR 1-3/4 STORY HIGH
    UF6
    UPPER FLOOR 1-3/4 STORY HIGH
    UF7
    UPPER FLOOR 1-3/4 STORY LOW
    US4
    CLOSED SHED ON STORE ETC
    VES
    VESTIBULE
    WD1
    WOOD DECK-AVERAGE MIN-RAILING
    WD2
    WOOD DECK-GOOD W/BENCHES RAIL
    WD3
    WOOD DECK-AVER MIN-RAIL FIBG/A
    WD4
    WOOD DECK-GOOD W/BENCHES RAIL
    WD5
    WOOD DECK-AVER W/BENCHES RAIL FG
    WD6
    WOOD DECK-GOOD RAIL ROOF-RES
    WG7
    OPEN SIDE CANOPIES (LUBE) SRV


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  • What are property taxes?
  • Property (ad valorem) taxes are taxes on real and/or personal property. Real property includes land and improve- ments. Personal property refers to items which are movable or not permanently fixed to the land.

    The Revenue Commissioner is responsible for determining property value which must, by law, be set according to "fair and reasonable market value." Your property is probably not for sale but the local 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 any pressure to buy or sell.


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  • When are property taxes due?
  • Property Taxes are due each October 1st and are delinquent after December 31st of the same year. It is your responsibility as a property owner to make sure that your property tax is paid. All unpaid property tax is subject to penalty and interest after the December 31st deadline.


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  • What is the time table for collecting taxes?
  • Taxes are collected on the following schedule for the year that ended on September 30th:

    October 1 ........... tax due
    January 1 ........... tax delinquent
    March ............... citation fee added
    May ................. advertised for sale
    May ................. tax sale


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  • Where is the Revenue Commission located?
  • Michael Square
    3925 Michael Blvd.
    Mobile, AL 36609
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
    PH: 251-574-8530
    FX: 251-574-4709

    Theodore
    5808 Hwy 90 West
    Suite G
    Theodore, Al 36582
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
    PH: 251-574-3286
    FX: 251-574-3289

    Eight Mile
    Eight Mile Shopping Center
    4557 St. Stephens Road
    Eight Mile, AL 36613
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
    PH: 251-574-3269
    FX: 251-574-3271

    Citronelle
    109 S. Main Street
    Citronelle, AL 36522
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday only
    PH: 251-574-2069
    FX: 251-574-2092

    Downtown Mobile
    304 Government St.
    Mobile, Al 36602
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
    PH: 251-574-4851
    FX: 251-574-9058


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  • Where does my tax money go?
  • Property taxes are collected and distributed to many agencies within the State, County and City to provide support for many public services. Your property taxes help fund public schools, county health systems and hospitals, and to build and maintain our roads and bridges. Below is a breakdown of State and County millage rates and their distribution;

    CITY OF MOBILE/ MOBILE
    PRICHARD COUNTY
    MILLAGE MILLAGE

    STATE GENERAL FUND 2.5M 2.5M
    STATE SOLDIER FUND 1M 1M
    STATE SCHOOL FUND 3M 3M
    COUNTY GENERAL FUND 6M 6M
    COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE FUND 3.5M 3.5M
    SPECIAL ROAD & BRIDGE 6.5M 6.5M
    SCHOOL GENERAL FUND 7M 7M
    SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX 3.5M 3.5M
    SPECIAL SCHOOL TAX 7M 7M
    SCHOOL MOBILE/PRICHARD TAX 12M ----
    COUNTY SCHOOL TAX ---- 4M
    COUNTY HOSPITAL TAX 3.5M 3.5M
    VECTOR CONTROL 1M 1M

    TOTAL TAX 56.5M 48.5M


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  • What is the appeals process?
  • If you feel your property tax is too high, you may file a protest with the Mobile County Board of Equalization. In a re-appraisal year, taxpayers are given 30 days to file an appeal after receiving written notice of change in valuation. The Valuation notices are usually mailed in July. Upon your appeal, a field audit will be conducted by the Revenue Commissioner's Office and the Board of Equalization will be advised of the appraiser's finding. A decision will be made at that time concerning the value of your property. You will be notified by mail and you may approve or disapprove the value. If you approve, this value will go into the tax roll for the next year.

    If you disapprove, you will have a hearing before the Board of Equalization to present information you feel justifies a change in value. Following this hearing, you will be notified of the decision to the Board of Equalization.

    If, after this hearing you are still not satisfied, you may appeal to Circurit Court.

    In order to preserve your right to carry the appeal process to Circuit Court, taxes must be paid by December 31, or a bond filed in Circuit Court in double the amount of taxes due.


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  • What does assessment of property mean?
  • Each taxpayer is required by Alabama Law (Code s40-7-1) to provide a complete list of all property which is owned. The person acquiring property is responsible for reporting to the Revenue Commissioner a complete legal description of the property and should at that time claim any exemptions for which he is elegible. The Revenue Commissioner should be furnished a correct mailing address for all properties. The property owner must report any changes in ownership to the Revenue Commissioner. All assessments and bills are based upon ownership and status as of October 1 each year.


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  • What is business personal property?
  • All persons, corporations,partnerships,etc. owning personal property, aircraft, commerical mobile or portable units are subject to ad valorem tax. The property must be listed and assessed in the Revenue Commissioners Office after October 1, but no later than December 31 each year. Failure to make an assessment by the 3rd Monday in January will result in a 10% penalty and fees being added to the tax bill.

    Shares of stock are reported to the Share Tax Division of the Alabama Department of Revenue in Montogomery and the County Revenue Commissioner is advised of the value. All other personal property is appraised by the County Revenue Commissioner for taxes, based on the cost new and allowance for depreciation due to age.

    Taxes become due on October 1, the same as ad valorem tax on real property. Delinquent personal property taxes are handled differently, however. Beginning January 1, when the taxes become delinquent, the Revenue Commissioner must proceed to collect the taxes due or sell the property to satisfy the lien. Personal property sold for taxes cannot be redeemed.


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  • What is current use?
  • Owners of farmland, pasture land or timberland that is producing agricultural products, livestock or wood products for sale to the general public may apply for current use exemption. This exemption allows for property to be assessed at less than market value when used for the purposes specified.

    Any owner of eligible property must make a formal application to the Revenue Commissioner's Office if he wishes to claim current use.

    The current use applications may be obtained from the Revenue Commissioner's Office at any time of the year, but under the law they must be filed with the Revenue Commissioner's Office on or after October 1st, but no later than January 1, for that tax year.

    After current use has been granted, the owner who made application for current use does not have to re-apply for current use for subsequent years. However, if the property changes hands, the new owner will have to file an application for current use or his or her taxes will be based on fair market value rather than current use values.

    All current use applications are subject to be verified by the County Agent or State Forestry Commission.


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  • What are the different types of deeds?
  • Deeds are usually recorded by the property owner, real estate agent, or closing attorney in the Mobile County Probate Court records department. If your deed was recorded, you may purchase a copy. For more information you can call the records department of the Mobile County Probate Court at 251-574-8490.

    CODE - DEED TYPE AND DEFINITION

    ADD - ADMINISTRATORS OR ADMINISTRATIX DEED - A PROPERTY SOLD ON THE BEHALF OF A DECEASED PERSON WITH AN ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED BY THE STATE.

    ASD - ASSUMPTION DEED MORTGAGED PROPERTY CONVEYED TO ANOTHER PERSON WHICH THE NEW OWNERS ASSUME THE MORTGAGE AND THE MORTGAGE HOLDER AGREES BTD BANKRUPTCY TRUST DEED AN INSTRUMENT ISSUED TO A TRUSTEE APPOINTED BY THE BANKRUPTCY COURT TO COLLECT AND DISTRIBUTE FUNDS RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY IN EFFORT TO PAY OFF A DEBT

    CCD - CIRCUIT CLERKS DEED A DEED ISSUED BY THE CIRCUIT CLERK IN COMPLIANCE WITH A COURT ORDER

    CD - CORRECTION DEED - AN ADDENDUM TO AN EXISTING DEED USED TO CORRECT INFORMATION

    ED - EXECUTOR OR EXECUTRIX DEED A DEED ISSUED FOR THE SALE OF PROPERTY ON BEHALF OF A DECEASED PERSON THAT HE/SHE APPOINTED IN A PROBATED WILL TO ADMINISTRATE HIS/HER ESTATE.

    FC - FORECLOSURE DEED - AN INSTRUMENT THAT CONVEYS ALL INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY TO THE MORTGAGE HOLDER TO SATISFY A DEBT.

    LE - LIFE ESTATE DEED - A DEED IN WHICH THE "LIFE TENANT" NAMED IN THE DEED HAS THE RIGHT TO UNDISTURBED POSSESSION TO THE PROPERTY DURING HIS/HER LIFE.

    PCD - PROBATE DEED - A DEED THAT HAS BEEN RECORDED IN PROBATE COURT AND ISSUED BY THAT OFFICE.

    QD - QUIT CLAIM DEED - THE GRANTOR RELINQUISHES ANY CLAIM TO HIS/HER RIGHTS TO THE PROPERTY. THIS TYPE OF DEED DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE PROPERTY IS CLEAR OF ANY OTHER CLAIM

    SD - SHERIFF'S DEED - ISSUED TO THE BUYER FOR PROPERTY SOLD UNDER COURT ORDER TO PAY OFF A DEBT

    TD - TAX DEED - ISSUED BY THE STATE OF ALABAMA FOR PROPERTY PURCHASED FOR UNPAID TAXES AND NOT REDEEMED BY OWNER

    TRD - TRUST DEED (OR DEED OF TRUST)- AN INSTRUMENT USED TO SECURE A DEBT FOR THE CREDITOR (USUALLY A MORTGAGE)

    VL - VENDORS LIEN DEED- ISSUED BY THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY TO THE GRANTEE WITH CERTAIN TERMS THAT MUST BE SATISFIED BEFORE A WARRANTY DEED WILL BE ISSUED

    WB - WILL BOOK - A RECORD OF DEEDS RECORDED IN THE PROBATE COURT

    WD - WARRANTY DEED - A DEED ISSUED WHERE THE GRANTOR IS GUARANTEED TO HAVE CLEAR TITLE TO THE PROPERTY AND A RIGHT TO SELL.


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  • How can I figure my taxes?
  • To figure your taxes, you must first know the answers to the following questions;

    1. The assessed value of the property
    2. If you live within the Mobile City or Prichard City Limits
    3. If you live within the County
    4. If you live within a Municipality
    Let's get started, your property's assessed value, is determined by it's fair market value and its usage. If you own a single family residence occupied by you as the deed holder, you own Class III property which will be taxed at 10% of it's fair market value. If you own vacant land, or it is NOT owner occupied, your property is Class II and will be taxed at a rate of 20% of the fair market value. Your assessed value is displayed on your property tax account located on this website.

    Next, millage rates are a percentage of the monies collected from property owners as tax then distributed by the Mobile County Revenue Commission to state and county agencies for needs and services. A single Mil represents 1/10 of 1 cent, each agency receives their portion of the millage which is set by the Mobile County Commission. Because the needs and services of urban areas differ from those inside the city limits, millage rates also differ to meet the demands of both districts. Municipalities or areas within Mobile County that provide police, fire protection or utilities, collect additional millage to compensate for these services.

    MILLAGE RATE
    Mobile City or Prichard City Limits 56.5 Mil
    Mobile County 48.5 Mil

    (For a listing of the distribution of millage, see "Where does my tax money go")

    MUNICIPAL MILLAGE RATE
    City of Bayou La Batre 6Mil
    City of Citronelle 5Mil
    City of Chickasaw 4.5Mil
    Town of Dauphin Island 5Mil
    City of Mobile 7Mil
    Town of Mount Vernon 4.5Mil
    City of Prichard 5Mil
    City of Saraland 3.5Mil

    If you live in Mobile County (outside the city limits)use this formula:

    ASSESSED VALUE X 48.5 = Your Property Tax
    County/State Millage

    If you live inside the Mobile City limits, Prichard City Limits, or Mobile County within any Municipality listed in the table above, use the following formula:

    56.5 (if you live in Mobile or Prichard)
    ASSESSED VALUE X 48.5 (if you live in Mobile County) = Value " X"

    (+) PLUS

    ASSESSED VALUE X ___(Municipal Millage Rate) = Value "Y"
    THE TOTAL OF "X" and "Y" EQUALS PROPERTY TAX DUE BEFORE EXEMPTIONS
    Property Taxes are due each October 1st and are delinquent after December 31st of the same year. It is your responsibility as a property owner to make sure that your property tax is paid. All unpaid property tax is subject to penalty and interest after the December 31st deadline.


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  • How do I appeal my fair market value?
  • Valuation Notices mailed to property owners give notice of Fair Market Value . If you do not agree with the value assigned to your property, you may file a protest with the Mobile County Board of Equalization in writing within 30 days of receiving notice.

    After a formal protest is issued, an appraiser from this office will be assigned to carry out a field audit of the property and review the assessment for any mistakes. Once this has been completed, the appraiser will report all findings to the board.

    Your Fair Market Value may be adjusted according to the appraisers findings. You will receive notice of the adjusted Fair Market Value by mail. If you agree with the adjustment, mark approved and return to the Board of Equalization, the new fair market value will be reflected on your next year's tax notice.

    If you DO NOT agree with the adjustment, you will respond by returning the notice marked dissapproved. You will be notified by the Board of Equalization of the scheduled hearing date. On the date of the hearing you will appear before board members to give just cause why your properties Fair Market Value is incorrect. The board will then rule on the value. Your Fair Market Value will be set to reflect the board's findings.

    If you are unsatisfied with the board's decision, you may appeal to the Circuit Court .

    In order to preserve your right to appeal through the Circuit Court, Alabama State Tax Law requires that all property tax must be paid by the December 31 deadline or, a bond doubling the outstanding tax amount will be filed.

    For more information on appealing your Fair Market Value, you may contact the Mobile County Board of Equalization.

    Click here to go to the Board of Equalization's Website


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  • What if I did not receive a bill?
  • The Revenue Commissioners Office mails Courtesy Tax Notices" to all property owners October 1 of each year. This is notice is sent as a courtesy and is not required by law. If you did not receive a notice for any reason, you must contact our office for a duplicate notice.

    Past due tax accounts are subject to penalty and interest after December 31 of each year.


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  • I have received a valuation notice. What is this?
  • Valuation Notices are sent to property owners each year that your property is reassessed.

    The reassessment of property is executed by the Alabama State Department of Revenue and conducted by the Mobile County Revenue Commissioner's Office.

    This notice is to advise owners of their property's Fair Market Value. The "Fair Market Value" is a fair and reasonable amount that you could expect your property to bring on the open real estate market from a willing buyer with no pressure to sell.


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  • What is industrial?
  • Industrial Exemptions are also available. To qualify, the owner of a property must file with the County Revenue Commissioner a decree from the state Commissioner of Revenue and a resolution of the city and county governing bodies.


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  • How do I submit an information request?
  • Information collected and held by the Revenue Commissioner's Office can be requested by government agencies, individuals, or businesses. This office will create a special program to gather, edit and arrange this information. The data is then provided to the client via email, compact disk, floppy disk or other media. A $600.00 fee and a contractual agreement are required for this service.

    An electronic copy of the entire data base is available, under contract, for a fee of $3,000.00.

    For further information, contact the Revenue Commissioner's office.


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  • What if I own a manufactured home (formerly mobile homes)?
  • The Alabama Manufactured Home Act (91-694), signed into law July 18,1991, changed the way manufactured homes are treated for tax and revenue purposes in Alabama. Under the Act those manufactured homes located on the owner's property and not held for rental or lease will be carried on the real property tax rolls in the Revenue Commissioner's Office. All others must be registered in the License Commissioner's Office.

    Proof of ownership, along with a description that includes size, year made and model of manufactured home should be brought to the Revenue Commissioner's Office to make an assessment. The owner will receive a decal to display on the right front corner as proof that taxes are paid. Homestead exemption may be claimed if you own the manufactured home and live in it as you principal residence as of October 1 of the year you are applying for.

    Proof of a title (if 1990 or later model) and that sales tax has been paid must be provided at time of assessing. This is also handled in the License Commissioner's Office.


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  • What is required if I own a business
  • If you own a business in Mobile, you are required by law to claim equipment and or machinery used in your business. This requirement applies to all businesses owned by individuals as well as partnerships, and all type corporations.

    To claim Business Personal Property, a Personal Property Rendition Form must be completed and submitted to this office no later than December 31st of each year. If you have not receive a form from this office to complete and return, please call our Personal Business Property Department at 251-574-4714.


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    Marilyn E. Wood - Mobile County Revenue Commissioner
    Marilyn E. Wood
    Revenue Commissioner