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Assessment notices hitting mailboxes early this year; forms going out today

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Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder announced today he intends to mail almost 60,000 State Form 11, Notice of Assessment, to taxpayers in Porter County with 20,000 more from Portage Township Assessorís office.

This mailing is more than a month and a half earlier than last yearís mailing, Snyder said. Form 11ís typically have gone out in September.

This mailing marks an important step in the property tax billing cycle, Snyder said. Timely appeals will result in tax statement credits applied, rather than costly refunds, he said.

It is important to note, Snyder said, that the agricultural land base rate for March 1, 2014 assessment date payable in 2015 is $2,050 per acre. The change in the base rate is based on changes in cash rent, yields, production costs, market prices and interest rates. In this case, the change was the result of the removal of the 2005 data and the addition of the 2011 data.

At the time of mailing the taxpayer will have 45 days to file an appeal with the assessor to challenge the assessed value provided. The filing date for Porter County taxpayers will be from July 31, 2014 until Sept. 14, 2014. No exceptions will be granted for untimely filings, Snyder said.

Snyder is the only Assessor in the State to implement an on line appeal process. Those who disagree with their assessment figures can start their appeals process through the website without having to contact the office or filing a state appeal form.

A taxpayer may appeal during the time frame at, by mailing an appeal to 155 Indiana Ave., Suite, 211, Valparaiso, IN 46383, or by walking in between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The taxpayer will be asked for evidence to support the appeal. This evidence may include comparable sales from January 1, 2013 through March 1, 2014, an appraisal from the same time frame, or any other relevant support for the challenge.


Posted 7/31/2014




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