Nearly 600 Lincoln County property owners protested their taxable valuations in June, nearly 15% more than last year, according to county records.The exact number of protestors in 2017 was 594, compared to 518 a year earlier.
Both totals are significantly less than the two previous years (2014 and 2105), when 744 and 970 property valuation protests were filed, respectively.
Property owners are notified each year in early June of the assessed value set by county appraisers, based on the market value of their property.
They have until the end of June to challenge the assessment. If an informal visit with county appraiser does not resolve a dispute, the property owner can file a formal protest, which is reviewed by a referee who is hired to help. Protests are then decided by the three Lincoln County commissioners, who meet during July as the county board of tax equalization.
The next board of equalization meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday after other business is concluded at the weekly commissioners meeting.
The commissioners meet in the east end of the Lincoln County Courthouse.