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Assessor: Disaster Declaration Means More Time To Appeal Property Value

Primghar, Iowa — Good news if you are an O’Brien County property owner who wants to appeal the assessed value of your property. You have more time to do so.

O’Brien County Assessor Seth Postma says that as a result of O’Brien County being included in the major disaster declaration from President Trump issued on March 23, 2019, the period for property owners to appeal the assessed value on their property has been extended.

The period during which property owners may appeal the assessed value on their property to the O’Brien County Board of Review is extended up to and including June 5, 2019. Typically this period ends on April 30. The option to request an informal review of the assessment by contacting the assessor remains April 2 through April 25.

He says that on April 1st, in accordance with state law, the O’Brien County Assessor’s Office mailed property owners a notice of the assessed value of their property.

Every odd year the assessor must ensure that the total assessed value of property reflects the current market value of property in the county. For commercial and residential properties, the overall market value of property has increased when compared to the county’s assessed value of property.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, you can call the O’Brien County Assessor’s office at 712-957-3225 ext. 6322.

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