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Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 1990

COMPUTER SNAG STALLS MAILING OF VALUATION CHANGE NOTICES

April 25, 1990

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Computer problems have put the brakes on the county's effort to mail out 1990 change of valuation notices to Douglas County property owners.

"We're a little behind," County Appraiser Don Gordon confirmed Tuesday.

The appraiser's office was still working this morning to iron out bugs in the computer program that prints out the change of value notices, according to an appraiser's office representative, who said the notices won't be mailed out until Thursday at the earliest.

Gordon said last week that he hoped to mail out the change of value notices for farmland on Monday, and notices for commercial, residential and other property by April 30.

But Tuesday, he said problems with getting out the farmland notices will slow down the appraiser's office in mailing the notices for the other classes of property. Those notices might not be mailed until the middle of next week, he said.

The appraiser's office is required to physically inspect at least 25 percent of the property in the county each year to meet the state's goal of having all property values updated every four years.

That means that less than a quarter of Douglas County property owners can expect to receive change of valuation notices, according to Gordon, because the notices are sent only to inspected properties that have increased in value.

Property owners who disagree with the new valuations can request an informal hearing with the appraiser's office. If the matter isn't resolved at that level, the property owner can request a hearing before county commissioners, who plan to convene as the Board of Equalization on May 29. If property owners still aren't satisfied, they can take their case to the state Board of Tax Appeals.

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