Assessor's office sending notices of value

Apr 17, 2013 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Property owners should be sure to check their mailboxes in the next few days because the Fremont County Assessor's Office will mail notices of value for 2013 on Thursday.

Taxpayers will find the assessed market value of their property and estimated taxes for 2013 on the notice of value.

"That's directly indicative of what's going to happen to the taxes in the fall," county assessor Tara Berg said.

The actual property taxes will be based on the assessor's valuation and the level of property tax the Fremont County Commission sets in August.

If taxpayers think there was a mistake made on their property assessment, they have 30 days to notify the assessor's office.

"It's important for me to state they need to look at that notice and call us with any questions they have," Berg said. "They have 30 days to protest."

She said taxpayers can reach her office at 332-1188.

In March, the assessor's and treasurer's offices announced they thought the assessed value of all property in the county would drop 6.5 percent to $950 million.

Berg said the overall drop does not mean property owners can expect a similar change across the board.

She said much of the total assessed value comes from taxes on minerals. Trends in the market price of property also vary across the county, Berg said.

Wyoming law requires the assessor's office to assess the market value of property, Berg said. For a home, her office appraises properties every six years based on a physical inspection of size, quality of construction, condition and age, Berg said.

Her office combines that assessment with sales information for the property's area to determine its market value.

Berg said if her office inspected a house and the homeowner made changes to it since the previous inspection, the value likely will change this year.

In a press release, Berg said the value of agricultural land will increase this year because of high hay prices and the productive value of land determined by Farm Credit Services.

She also said her office reappraised properties in areas including those west and east of Dubois, along the Wind River in Riverton, in rural Riverton areas, parts of the outskirts of Lander and some sites within Riverton and Lander.

Veterans and widows or widowers of veterans can qualify for a property tax exemption, but they must reapply for 2013 by calling the assessor's office.

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