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Tax assessments complicated

Tax assessor Jeannie Haddock’s workload, and that of her staff, has increased greatly since notices of assessments were sent to property owners as of May 1. Those notices, Haddock says, now must include a statement of ‘estimated tax,’ by state law. The tax estimates, and assessments that appear to be higher than actual market values, are adding to her already-complex set of duties, says Haddock. Nearly 250 owners had filed appeals of their home values by press time; each will be re-examined by an appraiser from the assessor’s office. Then another notice of assessment will be sent to the property owners. If the owner is still convinced the property value is other than what has been determined by the county, there is a 30-day period from the receipt of the second assessment in which the owner may appeal to the board of equalization for a decision. At a hearing for that purpose, both owners and the assessor’s office will present their cases, she says.

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