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The following are a list of Commonly Asked Questions.
What is a revaluation?
What is the assessorís role?
How does the assessor determine a property's assessed value?
What is market value?
How will changes in assessed value affect my taxes?
How do I know if the assessed value of my property is correct?
What will happen to my assessed value if I improve my property?
Can the assessment on my property be changed even if the assessor has not seen the inside of my property?
Do all assessments change at the same rate?
Will I be penalized if I do not allow the assessor access to the inside of my property?
I have recently built a new home. Will the construction costs be considered?
Could the assessed value change even though I've made no changes to my property?
Will my assessment go up if I repair my property?
Will I be notified if there is a change in my propertyís assessed value?
Everything I read and hear in the news media tells me housing values have dropped over the past year so why hasnít my assessment dropped?
Wouldnít my property taxes go down if the assessor lowered home values in our community?
Iíve just refinanced my home and the appraisal used by the bank indicates a lower value than my assessed value.
The family across the street was foreclosed on by the bank who sold their home for a lot less than the assessed value.


How will changes in assessed value affect my taxes?
Your share of taxes depends upon the assessed value of your property in relation to the assessed value of other properties within your municipality. For example, if your assessed value increase is greater than the average increase for the municipality, your tax share may increase. If your assessed value increase is less than the average for the municipality, your tax share may decrease.

The actual tax levied by the municipality is determined by the budgeted needs of the schools, technical colleges, and municipal, county, and the state governments. All of these taxing units decide what services they will provide and how much money they will need to provide these services. Once these decisions are made, a tax rate is determined. Your actual tax obligation is calculated by multiplying the tax rate by your assessed value.



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