What This Office Does
- Appraise Real Property and Manufactured (Mobile) Homes for tax purposes. (Under state law a county must implement a reassessment every 5 years).
- Accept and process written appeals to values generated by this office.
- Transfer ownership of real property through recorded deeds.
- Work recorded plats, (i.e. combine parcels, subdivisions, etc.)
- Maintain and process 4% legal residence and agricultural applications.
- Maintain Sales information for public review.
- Provide property record cards. (Shows sketch of buildings and other related information)
- Provide aerial and tax maps for sale upon request.
- Process Department of Revenue Exemptions for real property.
- Discover, measure and appraise new construction for tax purposes.
- Maintain and process Multiple Lot Discount applications for developers owning 10 or more lots in a homogeneous neighborhood.
- Change mailing addresses for real property owners as requested.
- Issue Mobile Home Stickers by permits and maintain records for tax file
- Issue Mobile Home Moving Permits
- Develop and maintain GIS for Darlington County
What This Office Does Not Do
- Give legal advice.
- Research real property for legal claim.
- Have tax or other information on vehicles, boats, motors, or other personal property.
- Give information on or estimate property tax amounts.
- Issue any type permits (Building, electrical, etc.)
- Give information on delinquent taxes.
- Set or change fees (i.e. Landfill, fire fees, special district fees, etc.)
- Accept payments for County property taxes.
- Assign site addresses.
- Grant exemptions for real property.
How do I get the best tax rate for my home?
My property is mortgaged. Do I pay the taxes?
Who determines the amount of taxes I pay?
- Property appraisal and assessment (County Assessor);
- Budget and tax levy (school board, commissioners and other taxing authorities);
- Tax billing and collection (Tax Collector).
The Budget divided by Taxable portion of assessed value = Tax Rate (The budget is determined by the school board, commissioners, and other taxing authorities) (County Assessor determines assessed value)
*The County Assessor is not the Tax Collector and the County Assessor has nothing to do with the total amount of taxes collected. However, as a property owner, you are not only interested in what value the County Assessor places on your property, but in the way the amount of taxes you pay is determined.
How often does the Assessor inspect my property?
New Construction (with or without a building permit) value added to property
Renovation and modernization
Board of Equalization or State Board of Tax Appeal
Who is responsible for the taxes if a property is sold after December 31?
I've sold this property. What should I do with the tax bill?
What if I change my mailing address?
I agree with the appraised value, but I'm afraid my taxes will go up accordingly. Should I appeal my value because I feel my taxes will increase?
I am not sure my vacant lot is buildable since a septic tank is required. What is the basis for receiving a lower assessment from the Assessor?
I did my own construction work to save money, but the appraised value (assessment) increased more than my actual cost. Should my assessment reflect the actual cost?
What happens if I buy a mobile home on which the taxes are not paid?
How do I change my mobile home to permanent dwelling?
- Complete the request form for changing a mobile home to permanent dwelling.
(Room 309, Assessment Department)
- Have S.C. D.O.T. to de-title your mobile home.