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December 26, 2013
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Letter: Property tax appeals must be turned before year's end

Appeal before December 31

Along with Christmas and New Year’s, property owners in Douglas County have to remember that Dec. 31, 2013, is the last day to file their property tax appeals with the Board of Property Tax Appeals. The rather simple filing is with the clerk’s office, which is very straightforward and willing to assist.

Unlike the clerk’s office, you may find, like I have, that the assessor’s office is not very helpful and straightforward at providing information and proper procedure. As a matter of fact, beside removing the public access terminals, in many cases, it has used the old adage, “There is nothing we can do this year, come back next year and we will review it.”

Well, the fact is, many times, there is something you can do and it starts with the BOPTA, but the petition for appeal has to be filed by the last day of this year. Many of the personal property taxes that have been levied have been artificially increased to be just above the $16,000 exemption value without cause. Remember, as the assessor continues to increase values in a declining market, all of the other professionals such as Realtors, insurance agents, appraisers, bankers and property owners alike seem to be aware that this market is not as the assessor paints it to be. You can find the property tax appeal form on the Oregon Department of Revenue website. Completed forms should be turned in at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.

Have a great holiday season, get with it and file your appeal today!

Larry Saccato


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