Duties of the Assessor
As assessor of
it is my duty to establish values of all property, real
and personal, in the County. Every
three years the Assessor must complete an appraisal countywide and determine
fair market value of the property in each jurisdiction.
Excluding from this would be a special valuation provided for farmland and
managed timberland. Also July 1st
Personal Property Assessment forms are mailed to taxpayers to be completed and
sent back in by October 1st.
It is the legal responsibility of every property owner to report his or her
personal property to the Assessorís office each year.
The Assessor maintains, as official records, County tax maps of
the entire county which indicate all property and lot lines, set forth in
dimensions or areas, and identify the respective parcels or lots by numbers, so
ownership of parcels can be used as a reference to the appropriate records.
My office is responsible for signing the citizens of
up for Homestead Exemption.
for a homestead exemption for the first Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) of
assessed value. A homestead is utilized when occupied by the owner thereof exclusively
for residential purposes, and when such owner is 65 years of age or older or is
certified as being permanently and totally disabled. If you will be 65 before June 30th of the following year you
can sign up. If you meet these
requirements you should come into the assessorís Office July 1st to
Application for Farm discount can also be made through this
office and should be completed July 1st to September 1st
each year. Farm use is an exemption given to landowners whose property is being used
for farming purposes. If the acreage
in your farm is less than 5 acres, you must do at least $500 in cash sales of
agricultural products. If the
acreage in your farm is 5 acres or more, you must have at least $1,000 in sales,
use or consumption of agricultural products.