The County Tax Commissioner's Office is the best source of information for questions about: •paying your tax bill •registration of your motor vehicle •purchasing tax liens. The County Tax Assessor's Office is the best source of information for questions about: •filing an appeal of your property tax assessment •the appraised value on your home •filing homestead exemptions •receiving property tax returns •maintaining property tax records and maps for the county.
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Example: The assessed value--40 percent of the fair market value--of a house that is worth $100,000 is $40,000. In a county where the millage rate is 25 mills the property tax on that house would be $1,000; $25 for every $1,000 of assessed value or $25 multiplied by 40 is $1,000.
[(assessed value) - $2,000] * millage rate = tax due
Example: Fair market value means "the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale." Assessed value is 40% of the fair market value. If a person that owned a home with a fair market value of $100,000 in an unincorporated area of a county where the millage rate was 25.00 mills, that person's property tax would be $950.00--[(100,000 * 40%) - $2,000] * .02500 = $950.00. Multiply $100,000 by 40% which is equal to the assessed value of $40,000 and subtract the homestead exemption of $2,000 from the assessed value. Then multiply $38,000 by the millage rate of .02500 which is equal to $950.00.
Simply stating that property taxes are too high is not considered relevant information. You should establish in your mind what you think your property is worth. The best evidence of this would be the recent sale price of your property. The next best evidence would be recent sales prices of properties that are very similar to yours, the closer in proximity and similarity, the better the evidence. Another type of evidence is a recent appraisal of your property. Keep in mind, your evidence should be strong enough to substantiate your opinion of value.
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