Assessor/Register of Deeds
Message from Rob Ogden, Lancaster County Assessor/Register of Deeds:
“Over the past year, COVID 19 has brought challenges to us as individuals, as a community, and as a public office. You may notice that we have modified our business practices to limit personal contact and maximize social distance to keep our customers and staff safe during this pandemic. As the statutory responsibilities for the Assessor/Register of Deeds have remained, so has our goal to provide an exceptional level of service. We encourage you to use the features of our website to conduct online business with our office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
2021 Real Estate Valuations are listed for each property. Search here to view your property information.
Assessments for Residential and Commercial property are intended to reflect market value as of January 1, 2021. Agricultural or horticultural land is assessed at 75% of its agricultural value.
On or before June 1st, a Notice of Valuation Change will be mailed to each property owner whose value has changed from 2020 to 2021. Formal valuation protests may be filed with the County Clerk between June 1 and June 30, 2021.
Questions regarding the valuation process? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page
Our appraisal staff has temporarily adjusted procedures to conduct property inspections from the view of the street or sidewalk, and staff will not attempt to contact property owners at their door. All appraisal staff can be identified by a clearly-marked blue safety vest, mobile tablet, and clearly-marked white Lancaster County vehicle.
The Assessor/Register of Deeds is an elected official who has general supervision over and the direction of the assessment of all property in Lancaster County for taxation purposes.
The office is responsible for establishing equalized and accurate market values for all real property. The office has a staff of professional appraisers and support staff that are responsible for attaining that goal. We maintain a complete file of sale data on all types of property and each sale is reviewed before it is included in our sale database.
We are responsible for maintaining personal property accounts for all businesses and farmers who own depreciable tangible personal property.
Our office administers the Homestead Exemption program and reviews all exemption applications filed by religious, charitable, educational, and cemetery organizations.
We have an established Geographic Information System with improved cadastral mapping capabilities, which assists us in the process of establishing equalized market values.
Abstracts of Assessments
The office is required to prepare abstracts of assessment and certification of taxes levied for the Nebraska Department of Revenue. We also prepare the annual tax roll for the County Treasurer.
Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds is responsible for receiving, recording, and preserving all land records, including the following: Assignments, Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Liens, Mortgages, Plats, Releases, UCC Filings, and Other instruments submitted for recording.
The County Assessor/Register of Deeds Office does not levy, nor collect taxes. Once the taxing jurisdictions, such as school districts and local governments (County Board, city council, fire districts, etc.) set their budgets, the tax levies are set by the County Board of Commissioners. The County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of property taxes.
The mission of The County Assessor/Register of Deeds Office is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaining the highest standards in mass appraisal practices and maintaining accurate and complete property and land records.
We are guided by the goals of providing quality service to the public, developing high-performance employees through continuing education and training, and by efficiently managing county growth through the use of technological tools which expedite the work flow and dissemination of information to the public.