Property owners in Blair County will receive a new assessment on the value of their properties on July 1st. The assessment could change their real estate taxes.
Commissioners want residents to be prepared and have scheduled meetings to go over what will be on the assessment notice.
“We want people to understand it when they get it,” said Blair County Commissioner, Terry Tomassetti. “They simply receive it in the mail and don’t have any information in advance they’ll be confused and concerned.”
The assessment notice is a two page document that shows estimated tax information.
It shows the old value of the land from 1958 and the new 2016 value of the property.
“The first question is, is this right about my property but the biggest question is the value about right,” said Tomassetti. “If the new assessed value is correct they have really nothing to do at the point but if it’s not particularly if they think they’re over assessed.”
If a person thinks their assessment is flawed there are two things they can do, call for an informal review and or file a formal appeal within forty days or receiving their notice.
The public meetings will focus on what to do if that would happen.
Folks owning more than 10 acres of land can also learn about a possible tax deduction.
“Farmlands, the agricultural community will probably be taking significant advantage of that. Clean and green allows the property to be valued based on use and not fair market value for selling because wide expansions of land can be put to a higher market value use.”
The meetings will be held at specific locations across the county starting May 16th.
Blair Reassessment Public Meeting Dates and Times:
May 16th, 6:00 p.m., Claysburg Kimmel HS Auditorium
May 18th, 6:00 p.m., Williamsburg HS Auditorium
May 19th, 6:00 p.m., Central HS Auditorium
May 23rd, 7:00 p.m., Tyrone Area HS Auditorium
May 24th, 6:00 p.m., Altoona Junior HS Auditorium
May 25th, 6:00 p.m., Hollidaysburg Junior HS Auditorium
May 26th, 6:00 p.m., Bellwood Antis HS Auditorium