By Tina Moshier
The Town of Andes recently underwent a revaluation of all properties bringing assessments to 100 percent of market value. By March 1st, Assessment Disclosure Notices showing the changes in preliminary assessments will be sent out to property owners, along with a letter of explanation.
The letter compares the 2007 assessment and taxes with the preliminary 2008 assessment and estimated taxes. The tax estimates shown are based on the 2007/2008 school taxes and the 2008 town and county taxes. It is emphasized that “these are estimated for comparison only and should not be considered the exact amount of taxes for the coming year.”
According to the letter, “budgets and other factors affecting tax rates may change. The taxable value shown is the assessment minus any exemptions which may apply.” Exemptions might include Agricultural, Senior and Veteran’s exemptions. Also, Star exemptions may be included for those filing for the first time, for new construction, or for parcels recently divided.
Those who are satisfied with the preliminary assessment need do nothing. If you have a question about the preliminary assessment of your property, you may make an appointment to discuss it by calling 845-676-3619. Property owners may schedule an appointment between March 3rd and March 7th. Information used to value your property will be available. If you are unable to attend an informal discussion, you may supply information in writing. Such information must be postmarked by March 31st, 2008.
If you attend an informal discussion or submit a letter, you will be notified of any change in your assessment by mail during the first week in May. If there was no change in your assessment or the change was not satisfactory, you may file a written complaint with the Board of Assessment Review on or before Grievance Day, May 27, 2008. ~