The Assessor’s Office is sometimes referred to as the County’s “cash register.” There are two primary divisions – Business and Real Property – that perform the assessments and valuations of property and real assets to determine the correct current tax liabilities of the owners. This is the agency that most people know from their property tax notices if they are home or business owners.
The Assessor’s Office can answer questions about the tax-savings programs that it manages, the tax implications of buying and selling real estate, paying online, and tips for homeowners who are thinking about making improvements to their properties.
A high level of skill and experience are needed to make the complex assessments of real estate and business properties in our County. The Assessor’s Office staff has specialists who have had to perform and justify increased assessments for prime, high-dollar properties in legal disputes, contract negotiations between sellers and purchasers, and disputes with the County.
In addition to the Administrative and Information Technology units that form the infrastructure to support the tax-assessment functions, the office also has its own Quality Assurance, Special Projects, and Mapping units.
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