Property assessment tax appeals up in Davis County

Sep 7 2012 - 10:58pm

FARMINGTON -- Property assessment appeals in Davis County are up 5 percent from this time in 2011.

But while appeals are up in Davis, they are down so far in Weber County, which has received 169 fewer appeals than in 2011, a decrease of about 19 percent.

But officials in both counties are anticipating a rush of appeals as the deadline approaches for property owners to appeal their property assessment.

The deadline to appeal assessments is 5 p.m. Sept. 17. All appeals mailed into the county offices must be postmarked no later than Sept. 17.

Already, 540 property appeals have been submitted to Davis County, compared to 514 received last year during this same period, said Dale L. Peterson, acting director of Davis County's tax administration office.

Many of the submitted appeals are from owners recently refinancing their home and, as a result, having available to them a recent appraisal showing their property is being overassessed by the county, Peterson said.

A number of those individuals are looking to reduce their property assessment by 5 to 10 percent, he said.

The smallest disparity he has seen challenged to this point, between county assessment and counter-appraisal, is a $2,000 difference, Peterson said, which could equate to a $16 tax savings for the property owner.

With the appeal filing deadline approaching, Peterson said, he is anticipating an onslaught of appeals based on the county receiving 2,017 appeals in 2011.

Last year, the county received approximately 1,500 appeals in the final weeks of the filing period.

What ends up happening at the last minute is, developers who own multiple residential properties in a single development will appeal the valuation of each property, which results in the late surge in appeals the county is anticipating, Peterson said.

In Weber County, appeals this year could be down.

Weber County has, to date, received 726 property assessment appeals, down from the 895 at this same time last year, said Weber County Deputy Clerk/Auditor Roger Brunker.

One reason for the decline in appeals may be because of the work county officials have put into evaluating and assessing property in the county, Brunker said.

But the number of appeals submitted to the county each year has been the norm because of the fluctuating housing market, he said.

In 2011, Weber County received more than 2,800 appeals, Brunker said. Where the county will end up this year remains uncertain because the numbers to date can be a bit misleading, he said.

"You never know until the last day," Brunker said, referring to the Sept. 17 deadline.

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