DEXTER - The town of Dexter is undertaking a tax equalization or revaluation program to be utilized as the basis of property taxes in 2008. This program started this past fall and is being performed by the William E. Van Tuinen Tax Assessment Services. The team working on the field work will have photo identification cards indicating that they are employed by this firm.
The field work associated with a tax appraisal program primarily consists of the collection of information on individual homes and commercial properties. When a representative arrives at your home, a sketch will be made of the building and exterior characteristics such as the type of siding and roofing, story height and type of basement will be noted.
Due to the current snow conditions, measuring buildings right now is often very difficult. An interior inspection of the home is also requested. The individuals working on the project may go ahead and do an interior inspection and come back at a later date to check the building measurements.
The property owner does not need to allow an interior inspection, however in order to perform a fair, just and accurate valuation of the property, this inspection is recommended. Information collected during this aspect of the inspection process include construction details about the home such as the extent of the basement area, the number of bathrooms, the number of bedrooms, the type of heating system, building age, condition, etc.
If no one is at home, a second attempt will be made on another day and at a different time of day. If no one is home the second time, a call back card will be left on the door knob, requesting that you call for an appointment at a mutually agreeable time.
Presently, the rural areas are where the revaluation staff has been working. The staff consists of Robert Geaghan, Kevin Geaghan, Alan Gove and Tom Hayes.
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