Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.
When does the borough mail property assessment notices?
Answer: About 60,000 assessment notices were mailed Friday to the last known property owner. The assessment notice provides the 2002 assessed value and provides a summary of dates when taxes are payable, delinquent and subject to a penalty and interest, as well as the date that hearings begin with the Board of Equalization. If you have questions regarding your assessed value, call the Assessing Department at 262-4441 ext. 230 or toll free within the borough at 1-800-478-4441 as soon as possible. The department will work with you to verify the information it is using to determine the assessed value is correct and make adjustments if warranted. If you are still not satisfied, you need to file an appeal form with the borough clerk's office by April 1. By June 15, the assembly sets the mill rate. Tax bills are mailed on July 1. The borough is required to assess properties at their full and true value market value, but, with over 60,000 parcels, it has to work with generalized sales information in establishing the assessed value and is unable to inspect every property each year.The two areas of the borough that were reviewed in depth this year were the Kenai River corridor and properties within the City of Kenai.
You may send your questions to: Mayor Bagley, 144 N. Binkley, Soldotna, AK 99669; or fax them to (907) 262-8616; or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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