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For the second consecutive year, Douglas County property owners have an opportunity to review and discuss their preliminary property valuations. And the Assessor/Register of Deeds office says the program is in full swing. On January 15, property owners began viewing preliminary valuations on the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds website, www.dcassessor.org.
Owners who feel the value is inaccurate may call the Assessor/Register of Deeds office until February 2 to arrange a February meeting with an office representative. “We view this as a great opportunity for the property owner to provide information we might not have which could affect their property’s value,” said Assessor/Register of Deeds Diane Battiato. “Our goal always is to arrive at a fair value for every property. These meetings can help us do this.”
To make an appointment, the property owner should call (402)444-6734 between now and February 2.
Battiato said examples of information that a property owner can bring to the meeting include recent appraisals, evidence of lower market sales of similar properties in the neighborhood, and/or a closing statement from a recently-closed sale. If the property’s condition is a factor, the property owner can provide photos, contractor repair estimates or similar documentation. Battiato also said the property owner should bring copies because the information will not be returned.
According to Battiato, the Assessor’s staff will review any information that was provided during the meetings, and establish final values in March, subject to statewide equalization by the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC).
Battiato said final 2015 values will be available in May. “If the property owner still is unhappy with the final value, he or she still may file a formal protest with the county board of equalization during June 2015”.
The mailing address on your property record will determine where your valuation notices and tax statements are sent. The Assessor/ Register of Deeds' Office is now responsible for mailing address changes. To request such a change, call (402) 444-7060 and choose the prompt for real estate records, or email us here. If you email a request for an address change, include: