I just bought a house for X dollars; shouldn't the assessment be set exactly at X dollars?
This is not always the case. Fair market value is, in effect, an analysis of sales prices. Every buyer and seller operates under unique motivations and a differing skill level. A sale price is that point measured in dollars where two parties are willing to strike an agreement. Many times, very similar properties sell for divergent prices. The assessor must apply the general market indications of value to specific parcels of real estate.

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?