Local Board of Appeal and Equalization2020 Local Board of Appeal Presentation
The purpose of the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization is to provide a fair and objective forum for property owners to appeal their valuation or classification. Property taxes are not within the jurisdiction of the Local Board.
The city assessor’s office is responsible for the valuation and classification of all property within the city for property tax purposes. Examples of public information available at the assessor’s office include:
- Real estate sales information
- Estimated market values on real estate and mobile homes
- Lot sizes
- Building features (size, year built, central air, fireplaces, basement finish, etc.)
- Property classifications (residential homestead, commercial, etc.)
What does the Assessing Department do?
What is "Estimated Market Value"?
What is "Classification"?
What is a "Homestead" and why does it matter?
How does the assessor determine the estimated market value of my property?
What will happen to my estimated market value if I make changes to my property?
When will I pay property taxes on my new improvements or an adjusted market value?
How can my estimated market value change when I haven't done anything to my property?
Does the estimated market value increase at the same rate on all properties?
How will my taxes change as a result of a change to the estimated market value?
If property values are increasing, does this mean more tax dollars for the city, the county and the school?
What authority does the assessor have to view my property and what happens if I refuse to let the assessor view the interior of my home?
How does the assessor notify me of my property's estimated market value and classification?
What if I don't agree with my estimated market value or classification?
What if, after this informal talk with the assessor, I still disagree with the estimated market value or classification?
What evidence do I need to present to the Board of Appeal and Equalization?
Is there any assistance I may be eligible for in paying my property taxes?