The Assessing Department is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of real and personal property within the City for the equitable distribution of the property tax burden. Some of the Assessor’s functions within the Office include assessment and tax roll preparation, maintenance of legal descriptions, tax map maintenance, and preparing special assessment rolls and billings. The Assessor meets with property owners regarding assessment determinations, and answers complaints and explains appeal procedures. The Assessor is also responsible for fulfilling all requirements as directed by the State Tax Commission and State Assessor’s Board.
The Assessing Department provides assessing information to and educates people such as homeowners, taxpayers, developers, title insurance companies, lenders, and lawyers. The department administers the rescission and granting of Homeowner’s Principle Residence Exemptions (homesteads) and maintains land and building information on each property. Some of the land and building information collected includes a description of the land, lot size, square footages, style of each building, year built, and school district.