Check your property tax assessments carefully

2012-10-29T00:00:00Z Check your property tax assessments carefully nwitimes.com
October 29, 2012 12:00 am

Porter County's overall assessed valuation was lowered by $357 million. The Porter County assessor stated, "Just because your assessment went down, does not mean your taxes will be lower."

Based on these facts, I figured my assessments would be lowered. However, both my property and structures assessments were increased a total of $4,800.

One neighbor had both land and structures assessed lower by a total of $11,000, and another neighbor had only the structures lowered by $5400. (No change in property.)

I went to the Portage Township assessor's office and filed my complaint. A clerk there stated said, "The state mandates all assessments be increased." How out of touch could she be?

Who decided whose assessments should be raised or lowered, and on what do they base their decisions? I'm waiting to discuss my complaint. Check your assessments carefully.

- George Bodnar, Portage

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