How do I appeal my Value?
Any time your opinion of the value on your property differs from ours, you may appeal your assessment. There are several options available for you to do that.
Once a year the City, County, & State Boards of Equalization meet to hear individual property tax valuation appeals. The City meets the 2nd Tuesday in April, the County meets within the first 10 days in June, and the State meets the 2nd Tuesday in August. You should give prior notice beforehand that you intend to appear. Then you may appear before these boards and present whatever evidence you have to support the value you feel should be placed on the property.
The annual Board of Equalization meetings are not your only opportunity to appeal a value for tax purposes. At any time, you may file what is called an abatement which will automatically set up meetings before the city and county commissions to hear your appeal. Through the abatement process, you can actually appeal an assessment up to 2 years old. An abatement must be filed by November 1st of the year following the year the tax would become delinquent. For instance, the 2013 property tax would become delinquent in 2014, so you would have until November 1, 2014 to file for the 2015 assessment.
The most simple method of appealing your assessment is to call the Barnes County Tax Equalization office at (701) 845-8515 and request to do an abatement.
If you have any questions about your value or appealing your assessment, please call the City Assessor at (701) 845-8123.