The time for protesting is here for property owners who believe county appraisers have set too high of a value on their real estate.The protest period is from June 1 - June 30.
Official notices were mailed to property owners on Thursday, June 1, containing the latest valuations from the Lincoln County Assessor’s office.
If you believe your taxable valuation is not the current market value of your property, you can check the records at the Lincoln County Assessor’s office, gather information, and informally discuss the situation.
If you decide to file a protest, here are some tips from County Assessor Julie Stenger to make the process smoother.
• Please bring all evidence with you – photos, appraisals and any other documentation you might have – when you first come in. The burden of proof is on the taxpayer.
• File the evidence with your protest form at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office. By state law, the protest form must be filed with the county clerk, not the county assessor. The county assessor can go over the information on record with you, but is unable to accept protests.
• The clerk’s office is near the west end of the courthouse. Business hours are 9-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Please bring evidence with you the first time, so you don’t have to make two trips and appointments.
• File a protest form 422 for each parcel, give a legal description of the parcel and state the reason for the requested change in valuation. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of the protest.
• Protest forms 442 are available at the Lincoln County Assessor’s office, or from the Lincoln County’s website: www.co.lincoln.ne.us.
Upon request, the formal protest will be reviewed by a referee who is hired to help the county handle the appeals.
Protests are then decided by the three Lincoln County commissioners, who meet during June and July as the county board of tax equalization.
During each of the last three years, from 700-900 Lincoln County property owners have protested their taxable valuations.
Officials recommend that you gather information about your property at the county assessor's office, such as:
• Dimensions, square footage, age & condition of structures.
• Property records and the assessed value of properties in the area that are comparable to your property.
• Sales information on comparable properties in the area.
• Appraisal from the year prior to Jan. 1, 2017.
You can have an informal discussion with the county assessor, which may help to resolve an issue or concern. Please do so sooner, earlier in June, rather than later.
The assessor’s records of your property are available online at the Lincoln County website. Click on Lincoln County Assessor and then on “Assessor GIS” and search for your property.