The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

June 6, 2007

Deputy assessor: Reappraisals up average of 15%

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Owners of nearly 28,000 properties in Jasper County will get notices this week that their property values have been increased.

Sharon Collier, chief deputy for Don Davis, county assessor, said about the same number of notices will be sent in two weeks as part of a countywide reassessment program.

The procedure — designed to set property values for tax purposes at within 5 percent of market value — is required every two years for all counties in the state. Similar mailings are under way in McDonald County, and they have been completed in Newton and Barton counties, assessors said Wednesday.

In Jasper County, where reassessment was limited two years ago because of computer problems, values will be increased on more than 80 percent of the 56,500 parcels in the county, Davis has said. Two years ago, values were boosted on about 13 percent of the parcels.

Collier said it is too early to predict the countywide impact, but she said values on properties are being increased an average of 15 percent.

She said the assessor’s office is gearing up for informal appeals from property owners who think the values are too high. The notices list telephone numbers for owners to call if they have questions.

“We expect to get quite a few, especially in the beginning,” Collier said. “We’re going to have extra people answering the phone, but if someone can’t get through, we ask that they keep trying.”

Davis said some of the increases will be small, but others will be substantial, based on increases in land values and building costs.

Property owners who are not satisfied with the decision of the assessor’s office may appeal to the county’s Board of Equalization, and then to the State Tax Commission.

Notices were mailed about a month ago in Newton County, according to Gloria Gourley, assessor.

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