Property tax notices being sent to homes are actually truth in taxation notices

Disagree with your Truth in Taxation notice? An appeals process is in place Truth In Taxation notices have arrived at homes in Cache County indicating current home values, plus projected tax amounts to be assessed by the end of the year. “These notices are meant to let home owners know the value that has been established on their homes,” said County Assessor Kathleen Howell. Howell said citizens who disagree with the county’s assessed valuation may pursue an appeals process which must be completed by September 15. Forms are available online or in the County Auditor’s office. “We ask those choosing to go through the appeal procedure to come to their hearing with documentation, such as a recent appraisal, supporting their claims about the value of their property,” said Howell. She said final determinations will be made by the County Council, sitting as the Board of Equalization. “We hear all the time on the national news that market values on property have gone down,” said Howell, “but that isn’t true here. Market values have not gone down here.” She said it is important to understand that assessed valuation figures in the Truth In Taxation notices reflect the property’s appraised value as of January 1, 2009. Nearly a dozen certified appraisers work in the County Assessor’s office and Howell said that workforce has assessed property characteristics on almost half the properties in the county this year.

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