July 22, 2016Annual Report Available
I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of people here in the assessor’s office. Our team has done a tremendous job this past year and I want to acknowledge and thank them for their hard work and dedication. This annual report is my chance to show off their work in valuing every property in Davis County accurately. Because of their efforts, the property tax will be distributed as fairly as possible and that is what this office is all about!
In an effort to reduce costs to the taxpayers in our county, we have made some significant changes to the organization of the assessor’s office. Through this reorganization we have found greater efficiencies and have been able to reduce the number of personnel by 12%. Our smaller staff has done an outstanding job of maintaining quality, courtesy and competence and is working harder and more efficiently than ever in order to fulfill our mission.
The assessor’s office took a greater role in processing appeals this past year and they were completed in record time. We will continue to refine our procedures and anticipate that we will again be able to resolve all appeals in a timely and efficient manner for 2016.
For the first time, the assessor’s office has made our descriptions of residential properties throughout the county available to taxpayers on our website. It is now possible for any property owner to verify the county’s description of their home to ensure that accurate property characteristics were used in determining a fair value for that property. Please take advantage of this opportunity and contact our office if you find anything that appears to be inaccurate.
The 2016 tax roll contains fair market values for all real property in the county. Once again the assessor’s office has revalued all residential properties using computer generated multiple regression models. As we continue to utilize this methodology each year, we are able to refine our models and achieve greater accuracy. Multiple regression analysis compares the data on all properties in Davis County with data from all property sales in the county to determine accurate values for individual properties. This is a reliable and credible process used for property tax valuation in most jurisdictions throughout the country.
Valuation notices with 2016 fair market value information have recently been sent to all property owners. We encourage everyone to carefully review their property value. If something looks amiss, we ask that you file an appeal. This does not have to be an adversarial process. It does, however, give us an opportunity to review values on an individual basis. It also helps us to further refine our models for future years and allows us to insure that we have used correct property characteristics in the process. Our office will review every appeal closely and do our best to resolve any issues that come up.
Appeal forms have been included with your valuation notice. Property owners have until September 15th to obtain evidence of an incorrect valuation and file an appeal with the Davis County Tax Administration Office. If you have any questions on how to file an appeal or on what kinds of evidence qualify, please read the section titled “Appeal Information” on page 14 of this report. You can also call our office or Tax Administration for any additional forms or information.
Thank you for taking the time to review this 2016 report. It describes the market in Davis County and changes in value seen during the past year. It also discusses how values have been distributed among the different areas and property types in the county. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We’ll do our best to explain our work and assist you with any issues that you may have.
February 2, 2016Property Information Now Available
The information collected by the Davis County Assessor’s Office regarding residential properties throughout the County is now available on the Assessor’s webpage.
I am pleased that we have been able to bring the Assessor’s Office into the 21st century and make this information available to the taxpayers of Davis County. We expect that this will make our office more efficient as it will reduce the number of phone calls from people requesting the data. More importantly, taxpayers will now be able to easily access the information that we use to value their property and they will have the opportunity to help us insure that it is correct.
The data available on the website is currently restricted to residential property description information such as building type, number of stories, improvement square footage, year built and lot size. Additional information that will be available in the near future on the website will include building sketches with measurements, as well as photos of buildings.
Property owners who find Assessor property data on the website that doesn’t appear correct can contact the Assessor’s Office during regular hours at (801)451-3250 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org