County commissioners host town halls on property values
As the Douglas County homes valuation prices went up this year, so did the concerns from homeowners.
Those concerns prompted the Board of Commissioners to hold town hall meetings to help people understand the property valuation appeal process.
The first meeting was held Tuesday at Valley City Hall, while the second was held Wednesday night at the St. Robert Bellarmine Church, hosted by Commissioner P.J. Morgan.
“We want to make sure we give them as much information of how to file a protest so we can hopefully have them have a good result,” said Morgan.
The Assessor’s Office will be mailing out notices at the end of May to homeowners if their property values changed this year (Valuations can be seen on the Assessor’s website).
Taxpayers can file protests between June 1st and June 30th in person or online. If filing by mail, it must be postmarked by June 30th.
Morgan informed a crowd taxpayers only need to submit the protest form, but people may include other supplemental information, such as pictures or sale documents.
Officials emphasized the importance of gathering that information and filing as soon as possible.
The board will finalize property valuations early to mid August and homeowners will find out their appeals towards the end of August.
The next town hall meeting will be Tuesday, June 6th at 7 p.m. at Westside Middle School auditorium.