614 appeals made over property assessments

The city received more appeals to the Assessor’s office than any year prior following a recent change in the process for assessing properties that raised concerns among the public late last month.

In total, the assessor received 614 appeals. In past years the number has hovered between 350 and 400, according to the city’s Director of Finance Bob Bartholomew.

“The increase this year is directly related to change in assessment process methodology and the large number of properties canvassed/observed by Assessor Office staff during 2012,” Bartholomew wrote in an email. “As we get more information out about the change and receive additional data from property owners we expect the number of appeals will return to prior year averages.”

The largest change made in the assessment process was the way mass appraisals were handled. Rather than averaging sale data boroughwide, the Assessor’s Office grouped data into 21 “neighborhoods.”

Notices of assessment were mailed out April 15, those postmarked by Wednesday will be contacted to schedule a reassessment inspection.


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