Betty Maloney Atkinson, PVA
525 Washington Street
P.O. Box 277
Stanton, KY 40380
Monday-Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 for lunch daily)
The Powell County PVA is a locally elected official charged with appraising all property, both real and personal that lies within Powell County. There are some exceptions, such as public service companies, bank shares, omitted tangible properties and vehicles, all values, which the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet assigns in Frankfort. The PVA has the right to change vehicle values according to the January 1 NADA guidelines, for high mileage, or with estimates of repair from two licensed automobile body shops. Please remember that the vehicle is assessed to the owner as of January 1 each year and it is the condition of the vehicle and mileage that determines the value.
All property, unless specifically exempted by the Constitution, is taxable. The Constitution expressly prohibits exemption of any property or persons except those allowed by the Constitution itself. Therefore, taxation is the rule and exemption the exception. Currently, examples of such exceptions are the Homestead Exemption for individuals age 65 and older and the Disability Exemption for 100% totally disabled persons, some religious, educational, and government properties, etc.
Your PVA office DOES NOT determine how much tax you pay. We only assess the “fair market value” of the property to be taxed. There are two components that determine your property bill: assessed value and tax rate. The tax rate is determined by elected officials such as county governments, city governments, school boards, and taxing entities such as the extension office, the library board, and the health department. The PVA office does not set property tax rates, nor do they collect property taxes.