From Our Property Taxes
|Present your evidence in a non-emotional, non-confrontational manner.|
- Arrange for your meeting before the assessor has delivered the tax roll to the auditor. Prior to this delivery, the assessor has the authority to change individual assessments before the roll is complete.
- If the roll is complete, but you have managed to change his mind, the assessor can still sign a statement supporting your request for an assessment reduction. This should be sufficient to accomplish the task at hand.
During the Meeting
- Present your evidence in a non-emotional, non-confrontational manner. Keep in mind that often times an assessor is a political appointee and may have little or no experience in property valuation. Do not condescend. However, be firm, logical and to the point. Use all of your ammunition, which should include, if applicable, factual errors, computational errors or valuation errors.
After the Meeting
- Often times, at the conclusion of the meeting, or soon thereafter, the assessor may propose a compromise. An offer to settle must be taken seriously.
- You must balance the strength of your case and your desire for total victory against the costs of waging an appeal.
- There are intangible factors that must be considered if you desire to push forward with an appeal.
- Those factors include the stress of going up against “the system” and
- The time preparing for an appeal takes away from other pleasurable or profitable activities.
- Keep in mind that most civil lawsuits settle on the courthouse steps. Most attorneys know all too well that “something” is better than “nothing”.
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