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Property review is underway in Barry County

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Barry County Assessor' Office is currently conducting a review of the county as mandated by the Missouri State Tax Commission.

The review began in January and is expected to be finished by January 2011. During the review, field personnel working for the county assessor's office travel the county looking for any additions or improvements that have been added in the previous year.

According to Assessor Sherry Sears, there is no need for the property owner to be home during the review. Field personnel do not go inside the ome but take measurements from the outside.

"The only time the county field personnel go inside the home is if the property owner themselves are requesting they do so," said Sears.

Currently, three field personnel are conducting the review. They are easily identifiable because they are wearing county photo ID badges and are driving clearly marked county vehicles.

In addition to the regular county review, the State Tax Commission is conducting random residential appraisals in Barry County. Ths study consists of a state employee completing 25 random residential appraisals in Barry County and comparing them 25 state appraisals.

The state employee conducting those random appraisals is named Craig Babbit. He also has a state name badge.

"Your cooperation is greatly appreciated," said Sears. "Awareness and safety is of the utmost concern to me and my staff."

The county review is conducted every two years. Anyone who has questions about the review can call the Barry County Assessor's Office at 847-4589 or drop by the office, which is located in the second floor of the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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