What are the benefits of a Revaluation to me as a property tax payer?

Since the time of the last revaluation program, property values have changed. Many properties have improved, some have deteriorated. Over time, different neighborhoods appreciate at different rates. Different types and classes of properties change in value in different ways. The fairness or equity of the property tax depends on whether similar properties are treated alike. If the assessments do not keep pace with property changes and market conditions, inequities creep into the tax list. When that occurs, some property owners may be assessed at more than other with comparable homes and are paying more than their fair share of property taxes, while others are paying less. A revaluation of all properties corrects the inequities and inaccuracies so that each property tax payer is paying his or her fair share.

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1. What is a Revaluation?
2. Why a Revaluation?
3. What are the benefits of a Revaluation to me as a property tax payer?
4. How are the values established?
5. Why an inspection of properties?
6. What can I expect during a visit by an inspector?
7. How long will an inspection take?
8. Will I be assessed more for my decorating and/or landscaping?
9. What if I am not home?
10. Can I refuse entry to the field inspector?
11. When will your inspectors be in my neighborhood?
12. Can I schedule an appointment in advance?
13. My property has unique conditions which affect its value. What should I do?
14. If the assessed value of my property increases because of the re-valuation, will my taxes automatically increase?
15. Why do some homeowners pay more taxes after a revaluation and some pay less?
16. When will I be notified of my new assessment?
17. What are my neighbors' assessed values?
18. Who can I talk to about my value?
19. When will I find out the results from my informal hearing?
20. Is there an official appeal process if I still disagree with my value?
21. Can I have a copy of my appraisal?
22. What is the difference between assessed value and market value?