How are market values determined?

The Assessor’s Office determines mass market value by analyzing annual sales ratios (sales prices/verified assessed values). This process includes the analysis of pertinent characteristics on the sales properties. These include sale price, square foot of living area, type of home, year built, quality, condition, # of bedrooms, baths, # acres, etc. In addition, the location or neighborhood where the property is located is considered.

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1. Where can I view my assessment value?
2. Why does the County assess the value of my property?
3. Is there underlying law that dictates how assessment values are computed?
4. How are market values determined?
5. Is every property in the County physically assessed on an annual basis?
6. If my property isn’t physically assessed every year, then how do I get an updated assessment every year?
7. Higher assessments mean higher taxes, don’t they?
8. I don’t agree with my property assessment. What can I do?
9. What’s the relationship between the Assessor’s Office and the Board of Supervisors?
10. Does anyone check the Assessor’s work?