If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the assessment value, by all means, come to the Assessors Office and discuss the matter. The staff will be glad to answer your questions about the assessment procedures. When questioning the assessment value, ask yourself three questions:
- Is my property description data correct?
- Is my assessed value in line with others on the street?
- Is my assessed value in line with sale prices in my neighborhood for the relevant time period?
Keep in mind what's important: prior years' sale prices, quality of construction, condition, your property's neighborhood designation, and the building area and lot area. These are the most crucial factors in the valuation process. There is a variety of information available to help you determine whether your assessment is fair and equitable. The staff will be happy to assist you, and no appointment is necessary.
If, after discussing the matter with the staff and researching the assessments of comparable properties within your area, a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal your assessment to the Board of Assessors by filing an abatement application.
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