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The Tax Assessor's office operates under a five-member Board which is appointed by Council and is responsible for compiling the annual Tax Digest, which now approaches $10 billion. Our office is also responsible for valuing over 65,000 real estate parcels and 14,000 personal property accounts.
There are four divisions within the department: (1) Residential - responsible for appraising houses and large acreage; (2) Commercial - responsible for commercial and industrial properties and apartments; (3) Personal - responsible for appraising all business assets, boats and airplanes; (4) Administrative - maintains current real property ownership records, supports other divisions with data entry and acts as liaison to IT as well as providing customer service in the office. - Department Organization Chart -
Beginning in 2011 all taxable Real Properties receives an Annual Tax Notice. The notices are usually mailed in June and the initial appeal period lasts for forty five days. Only Personal Property owners who have a change of value resulting from their return will receive an Annual Tax Notice. Those notices are mailed in May/June and also have an initial appeal period that lasts forty five days.
The month of July is usually filled with the annual surge of cards, letters and telephones calls in response to the notices. As in every other year, the entire office will be occupied with reviewing and answering the appeals of the taxpayers while continuing the day-to-day duties within each division.
Our department has a great responsibility and works hard to be fair and accurate. Being the recipients of so much "public input" in the form of appeals and questions places Good Customer Service at the top of our list at all times. "Our people are the best!"Board Members