Property values in Washington County will increase this year. At first glance, people might think that higher values will mean higher taxes.
Depending on how the taxing districts determine their budgets taxes may increase, decrease or remain the same on your tax notice in November. Your assessment notice will show the dates of all budget hearings for the taxing districts. It is very important that you as taxpayers attend these meetings. These meetings are where you can have a say in how you are being taxed.
As you know the entire Country has faced increased values and it is evident by the sales that we are seeing this in Washington County. According to Statutes regarding the assessment process, the sales used to determine what the market is doing for this year is taken from a time period beginning in October 2017 through September 2018.
Assessment notices will be arriving in mailboxes this week. The Assessor’s office is asking everyone to check over their notice when they receive it. The upper portion of the notice contains the property description, the property owner and mailing address. Only one property owner receives the assessment notice regardless of how many owners there are.
The lines in the middle of the page designate your land values. Under improvements is the value that represents your dwelling, garages, outbuildings or pavement. There is a line for homeowner’s exemption. Please check to see that it is not blank if you believe that you should have the exemption. If you have questions please contact the Assessor’s office before June 24, 2019.
The bottom part of the page is a list of taxing districts that are supported by your property tax dollars. The date of their budget hearings are also listed on this notice. It is very important that you, as taxpayers, attend these meetings. These meetings are where you can have a say in how you are being taxed.
Residential values have increased this year. At first glance people might think that higher values will mean higher taxes. This is not necessarily the case. Go to the budget hearings and get involved.
If you have any questions please contact the Washington County Assessor’s office at 414-2000.