Northeast Times

Appealing numbers?

The new real es­tate as­sess­ments that res­id­ents will re­ceive next month will in­clude a form on how to ask for a re­view of the num­ber.

Sub­mit­ting the form will trig­ger a “re­view with the as­sessor who did the prop­erty, or, if that per­son is gone, then the new as­sessor who is hand­ling that area,” May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s spokes­man Mark Mc­Don­ald said in an e-mail to the North­east Times. “This is a newly form­al­ized pro­cess.”

Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) ad­vised any­one who wants to ap­peal to do it soon.

“If you feel you’ve been as­sessed too high, act quickly, ask for help,” the coun­cil­man said in a Jan. 2 in­ter­view in his dis­trict of­fice at Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street. He said his staff would help res­id­ents with their as­sess­ment ques­tions.

O’Neill said a prop­erty own­er should pay at­ten­tion to the new as­sess­ment “and ask if this num­ber is fair, be­cause it’s go­ing to stick for a really long time.”

Coun­cil­man Bill Green be­lieves many res­id­ents won’t like what they see.

“We should ex­pect a sig­ni­fic­ant in­crease in ap­peals,” the at-large Demo­crat stated in an e-mail to the North­east Times. “The Of­fice of Prop­erty As­sess­ment could be com­pletely over­whelmed by the in­crease and may not have the ca­pa­city to handle it.”

Those who want to ap­peal their as­sess­ments would do so through the Bur­eau of Re­vi­sion of Taxes. Ap­peals will be due by early fall, Mc­Don­ald said. ••

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