On May 27, 2009 we paid for an appraisal of our home. To our surprise our home appraised for exactly $30,485 less than the Lincoln County Assessor values it at. From our perspective that’s an enormous difference — $30,485. The difference amounts to a $621.20 difference for our property tax bill.
I’m not opposed to paying my share of tax. I appreciate and use the parks, roads, fire protection, library, police protection, sewers, and trash pickup my taxes help provide.
But, something is wrong when there is a difference between what a certified appraiser says our home is worth and what the County set its value at. Actual value according to Nebraska Statute 77-112 is defined as the market value of the property. The last valuation notice we received said homes in our class were valued at 97% of market. So the County Assessor is saying the difference is even greater than $30,485. $30,485 is a lot of money.
I will take advantage of the opportunity to protest our evaluation with the Lincoln County Board of Adjustments. I’ve already printed the form. The Property Valuation Protest form is located here.