If you are concerned about any of the statements on your property tax bill, especially the property tax assessment value, you might want to consult with a property tax attorney. Although you can do the process yourself, you may feel overwhelmed by the legalities and find it necessary to have help. You can look in your local phone book under attorney’s ad then look for a lawyer that specializes in property tax issues. You may need to talk to a few attorneys before you find one that can help you with your case.
The property tax attorney will need all the available documents. The attorney will more than likely ask a private company to do another assessment of the property. This just ensures that you have grounds for an appeal. If the private company finds the assessment to be accurate, you might need to reconsider your appeal.
The property tax money
What does the school district do with the money? The school districts use the money to pay teachers, supervisors and custodians. They money is also used towards school lunch programs as well as the new breakfast programs some schools offer. Anything related to building a school, up keep and remodeling is all funded with tax dollars. Some of the money is used for books and other supplies needed in the school for computer classes, woodshop, home economics and science materials. The money spent by schools is for bettering the education of children.
Cities, county and townships use the monies for paying government salaries and funding different building projects as well as up keep of some roads. The money is also used to clean up highways garbage collection and some cemetery up keeping if the community owns them. The communities use the monies for many different things and every community and state has different laws governing the use of the money collected from property taxes.
What is it that really affects taxes?
One thing that affects your property taxes is the changes to tax laws, state aid formulas and classification rates by the legislation. This has a big impact on your property taxes after an assessment of your property has been concluded. You may see a huge jump in property taxes when the legislative committee approves a tax hike. There is no way around this for property owners, unless you challenge the assessed value of your property through an appeals process. However, the classification rates and tax laws cannot be affected in a property tax appeal.
If your county has any type of referendum to vote on that can raise taxes and it is voted for, this is also going to affect your taxes. It could raise your tax liability a small amount depending on what it is for and what amount is needed. This is the main reason that most referendums that come up for vote by the voters is voted out. Property owners do not want to pay more than what they are already paying in property taxes.
Author: Jeffrey MasekoThis author has published 7 articles so far.