More Kanawha County property owners will see their taxes go up by at least 10 percent this year than in years past.
Notices to affected owners will start going out today, said Steve Duffield, supervisor of the Commercial Reappraisal division of the Kanawha County Assessor's Office.
A total of 27,697 notices will be sent out this year, he said. That includes 24,210 residential property owners and 3,487 commercial property owners.
The number of notices is up from 2012 and 2011.
In 2012, 21,141 notices were mailed, including 18,752 residential and 2,389 commercial owners received notices.
In 2011, 18,403 property owners, including 17,862 residential and 541 commercial owners, received notices.
This year's number is a 50.5 percent increase over 2011 and a 31 percent increase over 2012.
Duffield did not have the information concerning the number of notices going to each tax district in the county as yet.
Steve Sluss, general counsel for the assessor's office, pointed out that although residents have been hearing about decreased property values all over the country, Kanawha County and the rest of the state did not experience the housing bust that occurred elsewhere.
"We didn't see the boom that everyone saw several years ago, but we didn't experience the bust, either," Sluss said.
"Realtors have told me that the property may take longer to sell, but they're still getting the asking price for it," he added.
State law requires county appraisals to be within 10 percent of fair market value.
That value is determined by the sale price of comparable property or that specific piece of property once it goes on the market, Duffield said.