Property tax protests in process completed for county south of Omaha. The Cass County Board of Equalization (county board of commissioners) has finalized its work following the protest hearings last month.
375 protests were filed this year. That compares to 231 last year. Cass County Assessor Allen Sutcliffe says almost half of those filing protests appeared for hearings before the county’s referee panel.
The assessed values on the 375 properties totaled $65.9 million before the hearings started. Sutcliffe says the valuation changes requested by the owners would have dropped the valuations on those properties to $42.7 million had all been approved. The referee suggested changes that would have dropped the values to $59.53 million. The BOE made a few of its own adjustments and the appraisals totaled $59.59 million after final action.
Changes—some were just small changes—were made in about 75% of the protests filed, estimates Sutcliffe.
Property owners at recreational lakes along the Platte River and in Cedar Creek and the Raven’s Nest subdivision, which were reappraised this year, had many of the requests. There were also several from Plattsmouth and the flooded areas along the Missouri River, areas that were not re-valuated this past year.
The mailings with the results went out the last week of July.
Sutcliffe also notes that revisions were made on 85 properties where information needed to be changed and the owners worked directly with the assessor’s office. The valuations on those properties dropped from $14.2 million to just over $12.2 million.