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Clark County sees fewer property tax assessment appeals

Fewer people are appealing their property tax assessments this year, according to Clark County.

It’s the sixth year in a row the number is down. This year it’s a decrease of 17 percent, from 2,116 to 1,750.

Property tax appeals shot up after the Great Recession, spiking in 2011 with a record 10,658 appeals.

For comparison, in 2007 Clark County saw only 725 appeals.

Each December the county assessor’s office notifies property owners about the value that’s been placed on their properties. Owners had until Jan. 15 to file an appeal with the assessor’s office. The county Board of Equalization rules on those appeals. District Court handles appeals on the board’s rulings.

Assessor Michele Shafe attributed the decline to people being happier with assessment accuracy and the state law limiting the annual increase in property taxes for single-family, owner-occupied homes to 3 percent, even though values have been increasing, according to a county press release.

Contact Bethany Barnes at bbarnes@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Find her on Twitter: @betsbarnes

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