Friday, May 30, 2008

New Property Tax Protest System

Is everybody clear on the new system for protesting the valuation of your home by the Douglas County Assessor?

There will be NO face-to-face meetings between protesters and referees, the professional appraisers hired by the Douglas County Board to review protests. Each protest will be reviewed by two or three referees, and teams of referees will be grouped by neighborhoods so that they have a proper frame of reference.

Key dates:

June 1: First day to file a protest.

June 2: First day to hand-deliver a protest.

June 30: Last day to file a protest.

On or about August 10: Douglas County Board determines property valuations on protested properties. Results sent to property owners within 7 days of determinations.

September 10: Deadline to file protest with the Tax Equalization and Review Commission, the state agency where property tax protests generally are sent to die. It is not a citizen-friendly or taxpayer-friendly environment.

Take full advantage of the local protest process. We in county government are trying very hard to accommodate the taxpayer. That doesn't mean everyone wins a reduction in valuation, but we want everyone to get a fair shake.

Click here for a user-friendly web site explaining the protest process.

Starting Saturday, there will be a series of public forums to explain the process and take questions. The times and locations are:

May 31, 10 a.m., Kiewit Middle School, 15650 Howard St.

June 2, 6 p.m., Charles B. Washington Library, 2868 Ames Ave.

June 3, 6 p.m., Westside High School Auditorium, 8701 Pacific St.

June 4, 6 p.m., Douglas County Health Center, 4102 Woolworth Ave., inside the Douglas County Health Center in the Town Hall rooms.

June 5, 6 p.m., South High School Auditorium, 4519 South 24 St.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

Wow, an amazing amount of time and effort to avoid taking any personal responsibility for the cowardly move of eliminating fact-to-face valuation protests and spending at least an additional one half million dollars in the process. Let's say you have a strong hunch your property is now overvalued. What's the best way to "prove" it? Why hire a qualified "professional appraiser" of a cost of $250-$500 minimum. Guess who you cowards on the county board have also hired to review assessments??? What a racket! Your theme song should be, "Money For Nothing".