FARMINGTON -- With almost 96,000 property tax valuation notices in Davis County mailboxes, it means property tax season is officially under way.
The deadline to file an appeal over property valuation is Sept. 15.
The average Davis County property owner will see about a 9 percent decrease in the valuation of their properties, said County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.
But with some cities and the Davis School District seeking a property tax increase to help fund programs, most residents will pay about the same total amount in taxes as they did in 2010.
Davis County is not seeking a tax increase this year, Rawlings said.
The county had received about 100 appeals concerning property values as of Thursday, said Ross Bartholomew, director of the county's tax administration.
"But we've talked to dozens and dozens of residents on the phone already."
He said he expects to see about 4,200 appeals, which is 4 to 5 percent of the total number of property valuations mailed out.
"You can't appeal the tax amount, just the valuation of the property," Rawlings said.
Bartholomew and Rawlings both said they do not expect to see the same number of appeals as they did in 2008 when more than 6,000 appeals slammed the county offices.
In 2008, the county reassessed a number of properties, and some property owners saw their tax bill jump by 40 percent. Also, several entities, including the county, sought tax rate increases.
Rawlings said the majority of property owners are more educated about property taxes because of 2008.
If property owners want to address a property tax increase, he said, they should attend the truth-in-taxation public hearings for specific entities, like the cities or the school district.
Dates, times and places are posted on the property tax valuations that have been mailed out.