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What is the Assessor's responsibility?
The Assessors responsibility is to value and assess real estate and personal property located within the county. Contrary to popular misconceptions, the Assessor does not calculate taxes, collect taxes, set tax rates or create tax bills. The Assessor is concerned with property values, not taxes. The collectors office creates the tax bills and collects the taxes for the various taxing entities that are located within the county. Taxing jurisdictions determine the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to fill the gap between the operating budget and expected revenue. It is the taxpayers responsibility, as a property owner, to contact the appropriate taxing entities or attend their annual budget meetings if there are questions or concerns about taxes or how tax dollars are spent.
The assessor's work is subject to review by the Board of Equalization and the State Tax Commission. The State Tax Commission is the state agency charged with general supervision of assessors and with enforcing property tax laws.
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