Title 48, Chapter 2, Section 18
(a) There is established a board composed of the commissioner, the
state auditor, and the executive director of the State Properties
(b) The board created by this Code section shall be designated the
State Board of Equalization. The chairman and administrative officer
of the board shall be the commissioner. Each year, when the digest
of assessments proposed by the commissioner is complete, the
commissioner shall submit the digest to the State Board of
Equalization which shall carefully examine the proposed assessments
of each class of taxpayers or property and the digest of proposed
assessments as a whole to determine that they are reasonably
apportioned among the several tax jurisdictions and reasonably
uniform with the values set on other classes of property throughout
the state. If the board determines that the proposed assessed values
of any one or more of the classes of taxpayers or property or the
digest as a whole does not reasonably conform to the values set for
other property throughout the state, it shall inquire as to the
reason for the lack of conformity and shall adjust and equalize the
same by either adding or subtracting a fixed percentage to the class
of taxpayer, to the class of property, or to the digest as a whole,
as the case may be.
(c) As chairman and chief administrative officer of the board, the commissioner shall furnish to the board all necessary records and files and in this capacity may compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and records or other documents as he is empowered to do in the administration of the tax laws. After final approval by the State Board of Equalization of the digest of proposed assessments made by the commissioner and after any adjustments by the board as authorized by this Code section are made, the commissioner shall notify within 30 days each taxpayer in writing of the proposed assessment of its property. At the same time, the commissioner shall notify in writing the board of tax assessors of such county, as outlined in Code Section 48-5-511, of the total proposed assessment of the property located within the county of taxpayers who are required to return their property to the commission. If any such taxpayer notifies the commissioner and the board of tax assessors in any such county of its intent to dispute a portion of the proposed assessment within 20 days after receipt of the notice, the county board of tax assessors shall include in the county digest only the undisputed amount of the assessment, and the taxpayer may challenge the commissioner's proposed assessment in an appeal filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County within 30 days of receipt of the notice. In any such appeal the taxpayer shall have the right of discovery as provided in Chapter 11 of Title 9, the "Georgia Civil Practice Act." Upon conclusion of the appeal, the taxpayer shall remit to the appropriate counties any additional taxes owed, with interest at the rate provided by law for judgments. Such interest shall accrue from the date the taxes would have been due absent the appeal to the date the additional taxes are remitted.
(d) Within 30 days after receipt of the proposed digest of assessments, the county board of tax assessors shall make the final assessment of the property in question and provide notice to the taxpayer. Such notice and any appeal therefrom shall be accomplished as is provided by Code Sections 48-5-306 and 48-5-311. In the event of an appeal, the department shall, upon request of the local board of tax assessors and without any charge or cost therefor, provide the local board of tax assessors with any and all technical assistance available from the resources of the department, including without limitation expert testimony by the employees of the department.
(e) Assessments made in accordance with subsection (d) of this Code
section shall be added to the regular county digest at the time the
digest is transmitted to the commissioner or at such time as the
digest is otherwise required to be compiled.
(f) The notice and appeal procedures provided for in this Code
section shall not apply to any decision of the board relating to the
assessed value of motor vehicle property.
(g) The provisions of this Code section shall not apply with respect
to appeals which are within the jurisdiction of the Ad Valorem
Assessment Review Commission.