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As the appraisers determine “market value” for properties they use recent sales of properties that are as comparable to your home as possible. However, rarely are two homes “identical”. Therefore, the valuation model makes adjustments to sale prices to reflect those differences. If a house exactly like yours sold, but has a three car garage, and yours only has two… the sale price of the other home will be adjusted downward. This ensures sale prices of comparable homes are properly considered, and reflect an apples-to-apples comparison to your home.
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Changes in the real estate market are the likely reason for your value change. Since the county assessor is required by law to assess all taxable property at market value, when the market changes significantly, assessed values follow suit.
Assessed value changes may also be due to physical changes to your property that affected its market value. Additions, renovations, demolition of existing structures, or physical deterioration are common examples.
The COVID 19 pandemic has certainly caused our office to make modifications in how we perform our day-to-day functions to fulfill the legal requirement to assess property at market value. As such, we have limited personal contact as much as possible while conducting our property reviews, and are utilizing telephone, email, direct mailings, and video conferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings.
Our team has worked to specifically monitor the trends in sale prices to ensure assessments reflect the current market conditions. While the economic effect of the pandemic has proven to affect areas of the residential and commercial market differently, we encourage you to submit any information that helps demonstrate the current market value of your property.
The Assessor’s office studies the real estate market for each property type using recent sale prices. Since sales are directly recorded in the Assessor/Register of Deed’s office, the sale information is considered up-to-date and sales are individually verified by members of the assessment staff.
Sale prices are considered a strong indicator of market value, so our team compares the sale price to the last recorded assessed value. When the market trend in an area shows that sale prices have significantly increased or decreased since the last assessment, a revaluation is necessary to ensure assessments reflect market value as required by law.
The assessed values of residential homes are primarily determined using sale prices of comparable homes in the area. Commercial properties are valued using comparable sales, but also rely on more specific information, like rental rates, vacancy rates, or market capitalization, which are necessary to perform an income approach to estimate market value. Agricultural or horticultural land valuation is conducted using sales of agricultural or horticultural land and determining market value per acre based on the use of the land in primarily irrigated, dryland, or grassland uses.
If you have information that shows the assessed value of your property is above its market value, you are encouraged to file that information via the Valuation Review Request form.
Accuracy of property information is important, since the value of your property is partially dependent on that information. Major errors may affect the assessed value, but minor changes may not. If you are concerned the listing information is in error, please submit that information to our attention using the Valuation Review Request form.
It’s easy. Simply fill out the Valuation Review Request form on our property search page and detail your valuation concerns. Attach any additional information you feel demonstrates the market value of your property. An appraiser will review your information and may contact you if they have any further questions.
Using the Valuation Review Request form, attach any additional information you feel demonstrates the market value of your property. An appraiser will review your information and may contact you if they have any further questions.
You can start by creating a new user account on the Online Appeal site. Or, access your property information on our website, and click the “Online Appeal” tab. You may also schedule by calling our office at (402) 441-7463.
Yes. Please call our office at 402-441-7463 to schedule.
Residential and Agricultural phone hearings are scheduled for 15 minutes.
Commercial and multifamily property telephone hearings are scheduled for 30 minutes.
Since the phone hearings can move quickly, it is best that you prepare and submit your information in advance. Any information that supports your opinion is helpful. Common examples include:
The information can be uploaded to your assigned appeal after logging into the Online Appeal site, and clicking the “Manage Documents” link .
Final values will be posted on the website by March 25th, and final valuation notices will be mailed to all owners whose value changed from 2020 to 2021 on or before June 1st.
Formal protests to the County Board of Equalization may be filed with the County Clerk from June 1st to June 30th. More information on the protest process can be found on the Clerk’s Office Page.
Your property tax bill represents your share of the budgets approved by local taxing bodies for their operations. Property taxes are the primary source of funding for local governments and public education. The role of your assessor is to fairly and objectively establish market value estimates for all taxable property, as accurately as possible.
That valuation later determines the share of the budgets paid by each property owner. At this stage of the process, informal hearings are just that: an informal hearing to discuss your property valuation. Discussions on property taxes involve the taxing bodies, budgets, and tax rates that have not yet been established.
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