Thursday, March 7, 2013

Board of Review Prepares to Hear Appeals

Members of the Alpine Township Board of Review were sworn in and held an organizational meeting this week in preparation for listening to property owners who wish to appeal their tax assessments.  Meetings have been scheduled for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mary Wilcome, Jim Momber, Chuck Jakems

 What type of appeals will the Board hear?
The Board of Review has the authority to act on appeals of:
CLASSIFICATION: this is roughly equivalent of the use of your property. 
STATUS: certain properties such as Churches are tax-exempt. Sometimes there are unusual situations that create appeals.
EQUITY: All properties within the jurisdiction are to be assessed at the same ratio; 50% of True Cash Value.
HARDSHIP: Poverty stricken property owners can request tax assistance from the Board of Review. Household financial documentation will be necessary.
 VALUATION: This is by far the bulk of the appeals. It is important to remember that neither the Assessor nor the Board of Review can affect the millage or the taxes. They can change an assessment if shown that it exceeds 50% of the True Cash Value.
Property owners or their representative being interviewed have scheduled appointments.  The meetings are open to the public.


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