Appeals of property tax assessments are down for the eighth year in a row – this time 38 percent from last year– from 1,532 to 944, the Assessor's Office reported today.
Assessor Michele Shafe attributed the decline to increased satisfaction with the accuracy of the assessments and the fact that state law limits the annual increase in property taxes for single-family, owner-occupied homes to no more than 3 percent, even though values have been increasing. Property owners had until January 16 this year to file their appeals.
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) and streamed live over the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and YouTube at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. Appeal hearings are being held in the Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center at 8 a.m. on February 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, and 26 and 1 p.m. on February 28.
"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."
Appeals of property tax assessments are down for the eighth consecutive year: 944 in 2018, 1,532 in 2017, 1,750 in 2016, 2,116 in 2015, 4,283 in 2014, 6,262 in 2013, 7,456 in 2012 and 10,658 in 2011, when Clark County experienced a record number of appeals.
The Assessor's Office is required by state law to mail out by December 18, 2017, to the County's 763,223 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 this year by January 16. The Assessor's Office reviews the appeals and sometimes stipulates on values 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, 2018 to the State Board of Equalization. An unfavorable ruling there may be appealed to the Eighth Judicial District Court. The County Board of Equalization has five standing members and nine 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 and the Regional Flood Control District board. CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.