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  • I appealed in person. I haven;t heard back. But I thought they said they will mail a response by July 31st.

  • epric002

    we had our appeal hearing at the end of april and haven’t heard anything yet either.

  • What was your appeal about? I used to work for there and we rarely changed them. You had to have a major issue to get it reduced (and some wanted it to be raised!). In the end though, most times the amount of the reduction didn’t change the tax bill all that much.

    • PDleftMtP

      I’ve appealed and won multiple times over the last dozen years. “The taxes is too damn high” doesn’t work, but equalization does in my experience. I’m in a row of identical townhouses in Mt Pleasant, and pointing out that I was assessed higher than my neighbors for the same structure worked. You have to check again next year, though – they’d do exactly the same thing the next year and jack me up higher than my neighbors. Your original purchase price seems to make a difference in the formula, so if you have a next door neighbor who’s been there 20 years longer than you have weird things happen.

    • We successfully appealed after buying our house in the early 2000s. The assessed value was higher than I’d just paid for it so it wasn’t too difficult. I also pointed out how out of line our assessment was with near identical homes on our block.

  • i submitted online and followed up. all they said was that they received my appeal.

  • I had a couple questions on this actually and it seems we have an expert.
    If I am residing in the home I get the Homestead Assessment Deduction, which seems to be a percentage of some kind. I am taxed on what the remainder of my Assessed Value is minus my deduction, which is my Estimated Taxable Assessment? Then take my (ETA/100) *.85 = Annual Tax? And if I read this correctly, the general rule is that my Estimated Taxable Assessment can’t increase more than 10% year over year? If this is the case then they hit it pretty much on the money because comparing my 2013 to 2014, my 2014 Annual Tax is $10 less than a 10% increase.
    These guys are damn good at math when they apply themselves!

    • Your assessment can go up more than 10%, but you will not pay more than 10% more than the previous bill. So, if your assessment goes up 15% this year, then you only pay 10% of the increase. Assuming no reduction in assessment the following year, you’ll pay the remaining balance the following year (plus anything added in the next assessment).

    • The Homestead Deduction isn’t a percentage, it’s a flat $70K reduction in the taxable portion of your assessment ($125K for seniors). It only applies to owner-occupied properties.
      There’s a separate Assessment Cap Credit that keeps you from being taxed on more than a 10 percent increase in the property’s assessed value each year. It does not reduce your assessment, but instead appears as a credit on your tax bill.

      • In case I wasn’t clear, the Assessment Cap Credit only applies to people receiving the homestead deduction. Also, there’s some exceptions, including houses that were sold or renovated.

  • Also filed ours on 4/1 online. Haven’t heard anything back yet.

  • I am happy to see this question posted. I mailed in my appeal and I have not heard anything back, either. I believe the second appeal is due in Aug or Sept, so we should hear something before then.

    • ah

      It’s due 45 days after you receive the notice of the resolution of the first level appeal.

      • From OTR’s website: “appeals must be filed within 45 days from the date of notice of final determination from the first level appeal for notices received on or before August 1; otherwise, appeals must be filed on or before September 30.”

  • I appealed my assessment and had a telephone hearing in early May. While they haven’t made a decision yet the adjuster kept pointing out that I receive a Homestead Deduction so I shouldn’t be complaining that my value is ~$180K higher on average than my six closest neighbors in identical rowhouses. It seems they don’t understand the purpose of the Homestead Deduction and that it shouldn’t be factored into their property value assessments. While I tried to make this point when presenting my case I’m not sure it sunk in….

    • From my experience, this sounds like their “logic” on assessments. Our assessment is way over the accurate market price, but the value after the homestead deduction is much closer to the accurate value. Obviously, this completely undermines the point of the deduction.

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