WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF MY PROPERTY?
If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the assessment value, by all means come to the Assessors Office and discuss the matter. The staff will be glad to answer your questions about the assessment procedures. When questioning the assessment value, ask yourself three questions:
- Is my property description data correct?
- Is my assessed value in line with others on the street?
- Is my assessed value in line with sale prices in my neighborhood for the
relevant time period?
Keep in mind what’s important: prior years sale prices, quality of construction, condition, your property’s neighborhood designation, and the building area and lot area. These are the most crucial factors in the valuation process. There is a variety of information available to help you determine whether your assessment is fair and equitable. The staff will be happy to assist you, and no appointment is necessary.
If, after discussing the matter with the staff and researching the assessments of comparable properties within your area, a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal your assessment to the Board of Assessors by filing an abatement application.
THE ABATEMENT APPLICATION PERIOD IS THE SAME AS THE THIRD QUARTER TAX PAYMENT PERIOD. The period during which you must pay your third quarter actual tax bill extends from the date the tax bills are issued until they are due. This is usually February 1st. Likewise, the period for filing an abatement application extends from when the third quarter tax bills are issued until the date they are due at 4:30 p.m., the close of business so abatement applications are usually due on or around February 1st. If the application is mailed, the post mark must be on or before the due date. Abatement applications filed after this date and time cannot, by law, be acted upon by the Board of Assessors.
If you wish to file for abatement, please come by the Assessors’ Office and pick up an application as soon as you receive your bill. Applications cannot be submitted until after the tax bills are mailed. When filing for an abatement, remember that you are appealing your assessment and not your taxes.
* You must pay your taxes pending your appeal.
The application form is easy to fill out and the information you provide can be brief. But it is important to make a case to support your claim. That is, you need to provide reasons why you feel your assessment is out of line. For example, this can be done by pointing out errors in your property description and/or by citing sales or other assessments which indicate your assessment is too high. We do respond to your specific concerns and comparisons. Remember sales after January 1, 2013 are not being used to value your property for FY 2014.
Have you refinanced or purchased the property within the last year? It may help speed the abatement process to submit a copy of the appraisal report, usually done through a bank or Mortgage Company.
- You will receive a notice indicating your application was denied.
- You may appeal to the State Appellate Tax Board (ATB) within 90 days of the Board’s decision.
- You will receive a letter indicating the amount of the abatement.
- Your abatement will normally be credited toward your Spring tax bill. If your
abatement is granted after your Spring bill is paid, you will automatically
receive a refund check.