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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.


Iíve just refinanced my home and the appraisal used by the bank indicates a lower value than my assessed value.

Can I use this as evidence to lower my assessment?

It depends on the reason(s) why there is a difference of
value. If the refinancing appraisal is lower because
the property information used by your assessor is
inaccurate then yes. You should ask your assessor to
visit your property, perform an on-site inspection to
verify the inaccuracies, and determine a new value based
upon the newly attained description. If your refinancing
appraisal is lower because it represents sales evidence
from the past 90 days and if your assessment was determined
a number of years ago from the last revaluaiotn, then
probably not. Making changes to assessed values because
of economic conditions are done in the context of a
municipal-wide revaluation so thatall property values
are adjusted to current market levels and every property
owner is treated in a similar manner. This creates and
ensures property tax equity and uniformity throughout
your entire municipality.



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