Open Book & Board of Review Are Scheduled

August 7, 2017

The Town of Ledgeview has been in a two year Assessment Revaluation Process which will be reflected on your 2017 taxes.  The last time the town had a revaluation was 1994.  The intent of the revaluation process is to assure the tax burden is equitable throughout the entire municipality.  Reasons for a revaluation process are:

  • Fluctuations in the economy (inflation, recession)
  • Changes in style and customs of neighborhood (architecture, size of house)
  • Zoning changes
  • To incorporate new construction
  • To capture any changes made to individual properties that either increase or decrease their value

The next phase in the process called Open Book.  A letter will be sent to all property owners within the town indicating the property’s assessed value.  If the property owner is not in agreement with the assessed value, the property owner may:

  • Contact Fair Market Assessments directly at 920-468-9698, or
  • Attend one of the Open Book Session (2017 Open Book Notice)

What is Open Book?
Open book is the period of time where you may meet with the town’s contracted assessor to examine your property tax assessment and discuss how they arrived at your assessed value.  Contact Fair Market Assessments at (920) 468-6968 to schedule an appointment with the assessor to discuss your property tax assessment.  If you wish to dispute your property tax assessment you must attend the Board of Review which is schedule for Wednesday, September 6th from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm.

If the property owner isn’t satisfied with outcome from talking with the Assessor, they make attend Board of Review.

What is the Board of Review? 
Ordinarily, the Board of Review consists of municipal officials and functions like a quasi-jurisdictional court in that it hears evidence that is presented.  The municipal clerk also functions as the Board of Review clerk. The Board of Review has the duty of correcting any errors in assessment that have been made, inadvertently or otherwise. It is the duty of the Board of Review to carefully examine the roll and correct all apparent errors in descriptions or computations, and to add any property to the roll that the assessor may have omitted. However, the Board of Review must notify the property owners concerned and hold hearings before omitted property can be added to the assessment roll and before any other lawful changes can be made.

Once the assessor has valued the property, posted these values on the assessment roll, and signed the affidavit attached to the assessment roll, the values must be accepted as correct unless the testimony of sworn witnesses and the evidence they present indicate otherwise.

The Board of Review is responsible for raising and lowering any incorrect valuations as well as correcting any errors in the roll. It is important to note that the Board’s function is not one of valuation, but of deciding the validity of the facts presented, under oath, before it. All deliberations must be done in open session and the Board of Review is required to decide each objection. If the Board of Review votes to change an assessment, it must state on the record the amount of the correct assessment and that the correct assessment is reasonable in light of all relevant evidence received. Notices of the Board’s determinations are to be sent to property owners as the Board completes its work.

Ledgeview’s Board of Review is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  (Notice of Board of Review)

How do I appeal to the Board of Review?
To schedule an appointment before the Board of Review, please complete the Notice of Intent to File Objection with the Board of Review Form and Objection Form for Real Estate Assessment, and return them both to the Clerk’s office at least 48-hours prior to the Board of Review.