Property assessment notices mailed out soon

Simpson County Property Valuation Administrator will be sending out assessment notices to Simpson County residents during the month of June.

"There is a re-assessment going on, that is state mandated, we have to be at 100 percent fair cash value and we are not there," said Alison Smith Cummings, property valuation administrator for Simpson County. "We have to look at every property at least every four years."

Simpson County breaks down the assessments to cover four quadrants of the county; county residential, city, farms and commercial property. Cummings said they tackle one quadrant every year so they don't get overwhelmed.

According to Cummings, due to the continous expansion ofSimpson County, property values have gone up so the assessment from four years ago no longer applies. Property values have grown and the office now assess approximately 4,000 properties.

"The sales have just gone out the roof here [in Simpson County]," Cummings said. "The PVA office does not set the tax rates, we determine the fair cash value of properties."

County residential property owners will receive a letter from the PVA stating what the new assessment is for their property if there was any change. Cummings

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said property owners have 13 days to appeal the assessment if they feel the assessment is unfair.

Cummings said as property assessors they only see the outside of the buildings, they rarely go inside the structures because it is not an appraisal.

"I have to assess based on what I see and then it is up to the tax payer to come in and say hey here is what is going on," she said.

Changes that can affect the property value are fire, wind damage, an addition of a room or area, a new garage, adding a grain bin or barn or remodeling the home, Cummings said.

Cummings said if there are any changes made to the property whether additions or damage to report them to the PVA office in January for the assessment of the current year.

Exact dates for Simpson County inspection period is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment from June 10-24. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the office at 270-586-4261.

"I want to be open and honest with all the taxpayers of Simpson County," Cummings said. "I want to be fair and if anyone feels their assessment is not fair should contact me at the office. I feel it is my responsibility to let the citizens know about the reassessment so they will be prepared for any changes."

Cummings also wanted residents to be aware of benefit called the homestead exemption. it is for anyone age 65 or 100 percent disabled. Qualifying residents can fill out some paper work that allows the first $39,300 of the assessment to be tax-free.

The homestead exemption forms are in the Simpson County PVA office on the second floor of the county clerks office and online, but residents have to provide proof of age or disability.

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