Over the last couple of weeks many of us have received our property tax bills. In the past we have experienced appreciating market values and often did not look too closely at what we were being taxed. However, now that we are in a sliding market it is important to keep an eye out for as many savings opportunities as possible. A great way to do this is to appeal your property taxes to the Board of Tax Appeals.
This process begins by completing the necessary form to file a petition and providing documentation showing evidence of property value. Evidence can be an independent appraisal that was completed at the time the assessment was completed (typically January), or a comparison of your property with similar homes that have sold in the area. The deadline to file the petition is December 31, 2008.
Going through the appeal process is not a guarantee that your taxes will be lowered and it will likely take some work to complete. However, if you picked up your bill and the numbers did not seem right to you, it may be worth taking the necessary steps!
For more information visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/PTD/IC_303_668.shtml