Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Times Reports Porter County Assessor's Office Reps to Visit Properties to Verify Value

From the Northwest Indiana Times:

The Porter County assessor's office has issued a reminder to residents that representatives of that office have started visiting properties to verify information for accurate property tax assessment.
July 1 was the start day for the four-year process of "cyclical reassessment," which is mandated the state.
According to the assessor's office, representatives from the county and township assessor’s offices physically inspect 25 percent of the parcels in the county each year.
The purpose of these inspections is to ensure accurate information for every property record. Accurate records help provide accurate assessments to the taxpayers.
During a visit to a taxpayer’s property, a field agent will attempt to make contact with the taxpayer to identify himself and inform the taxpayer of his purpose in being on the property.
After asking several questions to verify information about the interior of the home, the field agent will inspect the outside of the home and any other structure on the property.
Measurements may be made of the home and any of its exterior features as well as any other structures on the parcel. Even though certain structures may not be new, the agent may still need to take measurements for verification purposes. The field agent will not need to enter the home.
Field agents will have a magnet on their cars identifying them as being a representative of the Porter County Assessor’s Office as well as a badge for the same purpose.