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Assessor sets tax appeal goal

Updated: May 3, 2014 6:28AM



VALPARAISO — Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said Tuesday that less than 300 of the 1,900 tax appeals filed last fall are still pending a taxpayer response.

He added that it’s his office’s goal to complete the appeals before the spring tax statements, which hasn’t been accomplished for many years. The brunt of the appeals filed in the fall were done online.

He expects fewer than 50 of the pending appeals will go before the county’s Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals; the rest are in negotiation and his office is waiting to hear back from taxpayers.

Additionally, if a taxpayer receives an appeal, they will receive a credit toward their 2014 property taxes rather than a refund check.

That will save the county money, he said, because the county won’t have to pay interest on the credit, as it did with the refunds.

That method also will give the county’s taxing units a better idea of how much money they have to work with.“For years, it’s been millions of dollars in refunds,” Snyder said.



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