Douglas County landowners are confused, angry and frustrated with their 2017 property valuation increases. Many are in sticker shock. One man told the Douglas County Board that his land valuation went from $17,000 to $87,000 and his house was appraised last month at $168,000 but valued at $217. Another claims a re-plot next to his property that 50 feet deep and not useable for building jumped from $1,000 to $83,000. This week’s this week’s county board meeting was packed with concerned residents that shared story after story of these huge valuation spikes.
Commissioner Mike Boyle says some homes have not been reevaluated for many years and that is why there is such a spike but that is no excuse.
He says, “We are going to do something but the crazy part about that is if we lower the levy that didn’t have their valuations increased. It is not a uniform assessment so it is really difficult.”
Boyle says it is time to change how land is valuated and he is suggesting that be done by licensed realtors. That way a valuation could be done more often without huge increases. He says many people wouldn’t complain about one-percent increase across the board every year but it is unacceptable to see these huge jumps.
Boyle also talked to the county attorney to see if any legal action is possible against the county assessor’s office. He says residents that are unhappy with their valuations can protest the amount by going through an appeals process.