Is it fair for my assessment to increase at a rate greater than the city average?
It is fair for your assessment to increase at a rate greater than the city average. The city average can be misleading. The city has in excess of 50,000 parcels of real estate which increase at different rates, depending on the location. The city average is a composite of all these different rates; therefore, the average rate of increase is not a true reflection for any specific parcel.

Each assessment is established according to fair market value on July 1. This is a legal mandate and the assessor has no authority to cap assessments at a certain percentage increase, or use an average factor to adjust assessments. If you have any questions, please email the Real Estate Assessor's Office.

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. What is the effective date of an assessment?
3. Does the assessor determine the tax rate and the real estate tax?
4. Does the assessor set assessment policy?
5. Does the assessor control the amount of taxes collected?
6. Who is responsible for mailing the real estate tax bills and who collects the tax?
7. Will routine property maintenance increase your assessment?
8. Do demolitions affect the assessment?
9. When are buildings under construction assessed?
10. I am building an addition to my already-built house; when will the addition be assessed?
11. How are property owners notified of any change made in the assessed value of their property?
12. Is it fair for my assessment to increase at a rate greater than the city average?
13. How often is my property visited by an appraiser?
14. I just bought a house for X dollars; shouldn't the assessment be set exactly at X dollars?
15. I'm a retired person, why should my assessment increase?
16. What sales or property transfers are utilized when determining assessments?