Owners of property in Valley County receive their assessment notices early in June, which notifies them of the current year’s market value for their property. In addition to the new assessed value, the assessment notice also shows the previous year’s value. Property owners are encouraged to review the assessment notice as soon as it is received. Anyone with questions about the assessment or the appeals process should contact the Assessor’s office.
For a meaningful and productive appeal, the property owner should supply evidence that establishes error in the appraisal of the property. It is important to employ comparables as close as possible to the subject and to consider age, type, and condition. Sales occurring this year will be considered for next year’s assessment. It is essential to understand the definition of typical when supplying information to the Assessor. When several comparable properties sell, the Assessor applies the average or typical values gathered from such data in determining the assessment.