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The following are a list of Commonly Asked Questions.
What is a revaluation?
What is the assessor’s 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 property’s assessed value?
Everything I read and hear in the news media tells me housing values have dropped over the past year so why hasn’t my assessment dropped?
Wouldn’t my property taxes go down if the assessor lowered home values in our community?
I’ve 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.

Wouldn’t my property taxes go down if the assessor lowered home values in our community?

Not necessarily. To illustrate how the levy affects
your assessment we’ll look at Badgertown; a
community of two. Each resident owns a house
valued at $100,000. Badgertown’s tax levy is
$2,000; the amount needed to cover its expenses.
Since each resident owns 50% of the total
property, they each pay 50% of the levy giving
them each a tax bill of $1,000.

If property values in Badgertown go up 10%, then
each property is assessed at $110,000. The
amount they pay in taxes, however, remains the
same. Each resident still owns 50% of the total
property in Badgertown and must pay 50% of the
$2,000 tax levy or $1,000. And what if values
start dropping? Residents’ property might drop to
$80,000 each but because they each still own
50% of the property, and Badgertown still needs
to collect $2,000, they will continue to see a
$1,000 property tax bill.

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