The Lawrence County Assessor has mailed out approximately 600 change of assessment notices. Some taxpayers may have questions or wish to appeal changes in assessment figures.
The Lawrence County Board of Equalization will meet on Monday, July 18 to hear from property owners.
Taxpayers wanting to challenge a change in assessed valuation should inquire about the issue before July 1. They may call the assessor's office at 417-466-2831 to inquire about the change. They may also call the county clerk's office at 417-466-2638 to schedule an appointment to meet with the Board of Equalization (BOE).
It may be possible to resolve the dispute before having to attend a meeting by discussing the matter in advance with the assessor's office.
If a taxpayer wants to appear before the BOE, the clerk's office will obtain the name and address of the taxpayer to receive an appeal form by mail. The taxpayer should fill out the form and return it to the County Clerk's office before July 11, so that an appointment can be scheduled for them with the BOE.
The BOE consists of the three county commissioners, the surveyor and two appointed citizens. The county assessor is a non-voting member of the board. The county clerk will be present to act as secretary.
Taxpayers must provide proof that the value assigned to their property is incorrect. To support their claim they may provide sales contracts, appraisals, income and expense information, documented sales of similar properties in their neighborhood, pictures, blueprints or evidence of significant property data errors regarding their property.
Once a decision is made by the BOE, the taxpayer will be given written notice of the decision of the board along with information on how to appeal a board's decision.