BOE Rules In Favor Of Johnson County In Tax Protests

BOE Rules In Favor Of Johnson County In Tax Protests

The Johnson County Board Of Equalization heard two seperate 2012 property tax protests at the County Commissioner's meeting last week, ruling in favor of the county in both protests.

The Clyde V. Snell Revocable Trust had brought their case to argue against a request for dismissal of the protest filed by the county. Johnson County had filed for dismissal due to confusion over ownership of property, saying the ownership should be determined before the protest is brought before the BOE.

Attorney for the Snell Trust Tonya Hansen explained their stand to the BOE.

The BOE, after discussions, and based on the property being legally deeded to another party and filed with the county, voted to dismiss the protest.

William and Marilyn Novotny brought their protest based on a 70% jump in valuation on their property in one year.

Marilyn Novotny said their taxes remained stable from 2004 when its value was $139,309 until this year's significant jump in value to $250,473.

County Assessor Cindy Rogers told the board she has followed accepted procedure set by the state and that she had no explanation for why valuation on the property was stagnant for a number of years. Based on fair market value, the property was undervalued during that time, she said.

The board voted in favor of the county assessor, saying she had followed the correct procedures.

Both taxpayers can now appeal to the State Board Of Equalization.

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