What happens at the assessment appeal hearing?
The Board presides over the hearing. At the hearing the burden of proof rests with the appellant. A property owner should introduce evidence of the market value of the property appealed. This can be done by presenting an appraisal or other evidence of current actual sales of similar homes. You may also appeal an assessment on the basis of uniformity by presenting recent sales of comparable properties but a comparison of assessments alone is not sufficient. You must present documentation at the hearing that proves these recently-sold properties are similar in style, size, location and amenities. Bringing pictures to the hearing would be very helpful in proving comparability. When an appeal is filed an assessment may be increased, decreased or may stay the same.

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1. Where can I lookup information on my property and surrounding properties?
2. What is a property assessment?
3. Who actually sets my assessment?
4. What is the County Board of Assessment Appeals?
5. What is meant by "uniform" assessment rate?
6. What is "Market Value"?
7. If I recently bought my property, is this purchase price considered?
8. What is the difference between an assessment and taxes?
9. How do I appeal my assessment?
10. What happens after I file an assessment appeal?
11. What happens at the assessment appeal hearing?
12. What is good evidence to convince the Board to reconsider a new value of my home?
13. Who may represent a property owner?
14. Are there special rules for corporations or an LLC etc.?
15. What happens if I am unable to attend my scheduled hearing date?
16. What happens if I decide not to go through with the appeal?
17. What happens after the assessment appeal hearing?
18. What happens if I don't agree with the Board's decision?
19. Are there programs available for those who have hardship cases?
20. Whom do I contact if I need information regarding tax information, tax rates and tax dollars?