Property owners may now schedule an appointment with the Douglas County Assessor’s Office to review and discuss their property valuations.
Under a new state law, in counties with more than 150,000 parcels, preliminary valuations for 2014 may be posted on the assessor’s website www.dcassessor.org by January 15th.
Property owners who feel this value is not fair may call the assessor’s office at 402 444-6734 between January 15th and February 3rd to arrange a meeting to be held during the month of February.
“We view this as a great opportunity for the property owner to bring in information that we might not otherwise have,” says Douglas County Assessor Roger Morrissey. “Our goal is always to arrive at a fair value for every property.”
Examples of data to be brought to a hearing include a recent appraisal, 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, you may provide photos, contractor repair estimates, etc. The photos will not be returned.
Due to the number of parcels in Douglas County, appointments are limited to 15 minutes. A valuation determination will not be made at the hearing. After meeting with the property owner, the assessor’s staff will review the information and final values will be set in May. If the property owner is still unhappy with the final value, he or she may still file a formal protest with the County Board of Equalization in June.