On the Beat in Bluffton

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

N-B Links: What is your house worth?

 An update from the Wells County Assessor’s office turned controversial Tuesday evening during the Wells County Council meeting.

Assessor Rick Smith told the council he plans on hiring an outside firm, Tax Management Associates, to check the accuracy of county businesses’ returns, which could impact how much money the county receives in taxes, through audits.

The firm works with 17 other counties across the state, and Smith said he doesn’t think it’s been done before in Wells County.

“As a result, they rarely find someone being dishonest,” Smith said. “It’s usually a matter of education.”

Two council members disagreed, however, and the council president eventually stopped the conversation before it grew more contentious.

Council will discuss the issue again, but until then, property owners can see by how much the state assesses their properties by clicking here, and if you disagree with the figure, you can learn how to appeal by clicking here.

Learn more in the Wednesday, Nov. 6, News-Banner.

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