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The waiting begins: Thousands of Jackson County homeowners file informal property assessment appeals

Jackson County Courthouse
Posted at 9:44 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 23:46:25-04

Thousands of Jackson County homeowners are waiting for the county assessor's office to look over their informal appeals applications challenging the accuracy of their property assessment notices.

According to a county spokesperson, as of Monday afternoon, more than 15,000 applications had been filed.

Angie Splittgerber is among the homeowners who appealed online.

"The value of my house went up over $150,000," she said. "I love my home and I try my best to keep it looking nice, but there have not been a lot of interior improvements."

Overall, residential real estate property values went up an average of 18 percent from two years ago, according to county assessment director Gail McCann Beatty.

However, Splittgerber and her neighbors opened their tax assessment notices to find their market values increased by more than that.

"When I saw it, it was quite an increase. It was the equivalent of another mortgage payment," Bill Moses said.

Even if the county rules on Moses' informal appeal, he can still challenge their increased assessment values by filing a formal appeal with the Jackson County Board of Equalization (BOE). The deadline for filing that appeal is July 8.

Homeowners who did not file an informal appeal can still file a formal appeal through the county Board of Equalization, which will be hearing cases July 1 through Aug. 24.

If homeowners are still not satisfied with their assessments, they can appeal to the State Tax Commission by Sept. 30, or 30 days after the final action of the board of equalization, whichever date is later.