What can you do if your property tax assessment seems to high?

People are still wondering why their property tax assessments increased this year. Some of them are taking a stand and appealing their assessments.

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 6:42 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- People are still asking why their property tax assessment was so high this year. Now, some are looking to realtors and appraisers to help them answer some of these questions.

"We have had a lot of phone calls since the assessments came out," Chip Miller, Senior Vice-president and broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services said. "We've had an excess of 20 to 25 phone calls in the two or three days. Which is a lot, so there's a lot of concern over it." 

Many people are asking him what they should do.

"The thing I think is important to kind of look at, is that total number and ask themselves the question, if I was gonna sell my house does this seem like a fairly reasonable number?" Miller said. "If the answer to that is yes then having someone do an appraisal to contest their assessment probably won't work." 

One thing that people should be aware of is that an appraisal will cost you money. 

"It does cost. It depends on a lot of things it depends on what structure of appraisal you like. It depends a little on the property. If you have a one family home that's gonna be a lot less than a commercial building." He explained. 

Despite all of that, he says the numbers this year a lot of people will probably get appraised just based on the number of calls they've gotten.

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There are other things that a property owner can do.

If you believe you have been over or under assessed you can call the assessors office there number is on their website, here.

You can also file a petition. That petition must be filed within 45 days. It also has to have the signature of at least 100 property owners in the county or 5% of the property owners in the county. 

Once the assessors' office receives that, they will review it and hold a public hearing where they will approve, modify or disapprove. 

The assessors' office will also be holding open public meetings with Kevin Gardner, who won the primary election to become county assessor for next term. He will be in the conference room next to the county assessors office in the Vigo County Annex on August 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th.

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