Henry County Assessor, Gary Dustman, is announcing that door-to-door inspections of all residential properties in Henry County will start the end of July 2013 and go through January 2015. Representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. in conjunction with the Assessor’s Office will be conducting this project.
The purpose of the reappraisal program is to equalize property assessments so that each taxpayer is responsible for paying only his/her fair share of the property tax burden. Periodic inspections and reappraisal of properties is necessary as all types of properties do not increase or decrease in value at the same rate.
Data collectors with photo ID signed by the assessor will make interior and exterior inspections of all residential properties including agricultural dwellings. They will be compiling information to be used to estimate the fair market value of each property. Information to be collected includes type of construction, type of interior finish, physical condition of the property, age of structures and exterior measurements. A complete sales analysis, local construction costs and economic conditions are also considered. No estimate of value will be given at the time of inspection.
Property owners are asked to cooperate by allowing a complete inspection of their property and providing accurate information so that a fair and equitable assessment may be determined for each property.
Notice of final value estimates will be mailed to each property owner after January 1, 2015. The property owners will have an opportunity to meet informally to discuss their revaluation in the spring of 2015.
The new assessed values will be effective for January 1, 2015, for taxes payable in fiscal 2016-2017.
All law enforcement agencies as well as the Henry County Assessor’s Office will be apprised of the areas where data collectors are working. They will also have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of anyone involved in the project.
If any property owner has questions regarding the reappraisal project, they are urged to contact the Henry County Assessor’s Office at (319) 385-0750.