Board of Equalization

Board of Equalization’s Duties & Responsibilities

The Board’s primary and foremost concern is the equalization of real estate assessments to ensure that the real estate tax is borne equally by all citizens of King William County. The Board of Equalization is a 5-member citizen panel, recommended by the Board of Supervisors and appointed by the Circuit Court Virginia Code 58.1-3374.The BOE does not determine the initial property assessment nor does it set the tax rate.  


The Board of Equalization hold hearings for the purpose of hearing all complaints of inequalities, including errors in acreage, and for the purpose of equalizing real estate assessments where necessary. The BOE has the power to increase, decrease, or keep the same assessment upon its review. In every appeal, the taxpayer has the burden of rebutting the presumption that the valuation determined by the assessor is correct and showing by a preponderance of the evidence that the property is valued at more than its fair market value.

The Board of Equalization hearings are advertised in the local newspaper with the hearing dates and the location. All applicants are notified of hearing dates and times by mail. 


  • Richard E. Lawrence, III - District 1 
  • Douglas Riley - District 2
  • James D. Kellum - District 3
  • D. Straughan Robinson, III - District 4
  • C. Meade Rhoads - District 5
  • Vincent Gaines, Sr. - Alternate 1
  • Robert H. Hubbard - Alternate 2

Appeal Application

Applications MUST be submitted by January 31, 2021. 

Olivia Lawrence for more information.