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
A taxpayer may
appeal during the time frame at portercountyassessor.com, 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.