Contact: Dawn Johnson
Phone: 307 733 4962
The lack of inventory of home sales in prior years, a very unsettled market in 2011, ever changing neighborhood dynamics, and simple human error were some of the contributing factors in making this year’s property tax assessment process a challenging one. In late spring the Teton County Assessor identified issues and the need for corrections to some of the assessed values of some neighborhoods. Further issues were identified during the review period in May and June as well as during the formal appeals to the Teton County Board of Equalization.
The Teton County Assessor and her staff are currently correcting the assessments of properties in the town of Wilson, and the neighborhoods of Polo Ranches and River Meadows. Revised property tax bills will be mailed to affected property owners in the coming weeks. In addition to addressing this year’s corrections, the Assessor is evaluating the circumstances that lead to the errors to ensure the issues have been addressed for future assessments.
Assessor Dawn Johnson commented “My staff and I are committed to making the corrections for this year and will then spend the next several months outlining processes to ensure the accuracy of future assessments.” She went on to state “While none of us like to get our tax bill, it is imperative that landowners understand how their assessed property value is determined and are confident that their property tax is accurate. I am committed to do whatever is necessary to provide that assurance.”
Commission Chairman Ben Ellis stated “We all share in the Assessor’s commitment to ensure the accuracy of every single property tax bill in Teton County. The Board is working with the Assessor, Clerk, and Treasurer to understand the changes to some property tax bills and to address how those changes will impact the county budget. The most important thing is to make sure we get the numbers right.”
The Teton County Assessor’s office appreciates the public’s patience as they resolve these issues and identify procedures to ensure accuracy and transparency in the assessment process.