Appeals of property tax assessments are down significantly for the second year in a row to a projected 5,600 cases, Assessor Michele Shafe said.
The figure, which will not be finalized until the end of the month, represents a decrease of almost 25 percent from last year’s appeals, which numbered 7,456, and a decline of about 50 percent from 2011’s peak of 10,658 appeals. In 2010, there were 8,302 appeals.
“The values from recorded sales of both residential land and housing is showing an upward trend in many market areas” said Shafe.
Appeals of the assessments performed by the Assessor’s Office will be heard by the five-member Clark County Board of Equalization. The meetings of the board are being aired live by Clark County Television (CCTV). The board will hear the appeals through Feb. 28, the statutory deadline for acting on those appeals.
“These meetings are held every year and I think it’s important that the public have an opportunity to see their government in action, to see how the process works,” said County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “This is another step toward improving transparency in government.”
The board will be meeting frequently, including Saturdays, in order to act upon the appeals by the end of February. All weekday meetings of the board that occur in the Commission Chambers will be aired live on CCTV and streamed live over the Internet at ClarkCountyNV.gov, where the station’s schedule is also available for viewing. Weekend meetings will not be aired so as not to incur overtime.
The Assessor’s Office is required by state law to mail out by Dec. 18 to the County’s 728,000 property owners a card notifying them of the value placed on their properties. Property owners may appeal those values to the county Board of Equalization by filing an appeal with the Assessor’s Office. Those appeals must have been received or postmarked by Jan. 15. The Assessor’s Office reviews the appeals and sometimes sides with property owners if they are able to provide information that may have been overlooked. The county Board of Equalization then rules on each of those appeals. If a property owner disagrees with a board decision, he or she may appeal by March 10 to the State Board of Equalization. An unfavorable ruling there may be appealed to the Eighth Judicial District Court. The Board of Equalization has five standing members and five alternates, each of whom is appointed by the Clark County Commission.
CCTV airs other government meetings live, as well, including those of the Clark County Commission, the UMC Board of Directors, the County Planning Commission, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the Regional Flood Control District board and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Committee on Homelessness.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.