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Tax and Amend On Sept. 24, the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue mailed letters to Georgetowners reporting that their property assessments had been delayed because “we decided to take additional time and produce a better product.” James Vinson, the District’s chief tax assessor, says he was “dissatisfied” with assessments his staff completed in February, so he set out to re-evaluate the 2,600 Georgetown properties on his own. “I just thought we could do a better job,” says Vinson. “And I think we did.” But the delay means that homeowners who aren’t so happy with the final product may have a hard time getting the ear of Vinson’s higher-ups: Unsatisfied residents can appeal to the office within 45 days. If they’re still not happy, they can repeat their gripes to the Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals. The problem? According to D.C. Code, the deadline for appeals was Sept. 30—only six days after the letters were mailed. Norma Martin, who chairs the board, says members haven’t received any appeal requests from residents yet, and she’s not sure what will happen if they do. “We are expecting to get legal advice on that,” she says.