The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 5, 2013

Jasper County receives few appeals of values in reassessment

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — This year’s round of real estate reassessment has generated relatively few appeals to a Jasper County board that handles those issues.

Owners of nearly 8,000 properties in Jasper County were notified earlier of increases in assessed values. After informal appeals handled by the county assessor’s office, fewer than 30 property owners thus far have appealed property values to the county’s Board of Equalization.

Fifteen hearings were held earlier, seven are set for Monday and two have been scheduled for Wednesday, according to Lisa Perry, administrative assistant in the office of Connie Hoover, county assessor.

“The deadline to request an appeal is July 17, and we’d encourage them to call in before that,” Perry said.

A property owner can request a BOE hearing if he or she is not satisfied after an informal hearing with staff of the assessor’s office. This year, Perry said informal sessions were held on about 340 properties.

Counties are required to reassess property values every two years to bring the appraised values to within 10 percent of market value. Notices of higher values went to owners of 7,923 properties — 13 percent of the properties in the county. That compares with about 19,000 properties on which values were increased in 2011, and about 7,800 in 2009.

Rebuilding after the Joplin tornado in 2011 represents a 17 percent share of this year’s increases. Perry said about 1,100 houses increased to full value at the start of the year and another 210 were assessed at partial value and will go to full value next year.

The properties can be assessed at partial value after an occupancy law enacted by Jasper County several years ago after the tornado in Carl Junction.

The occupancy law is a state law that allows the building portion of residential property to be taken off the tax rolls if the home is rendered uninhabitable because of a natural disaster. On those homes, the taxes were assessed on land, but the building was taken off the tax rolls after the tornado, then added back as the homes were reoccupied after being repaired or rebuilt.