Property Tax Debate

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Voters have been asking supervisors about their current property tax bills. At Monday's board meeting, county administrator Rex Hiatt attempted to explain.

"If you had property that was on the roll 10 years ago you probably saw a significant increase in your property value," said Hiatt.

But he maintains there have been millage decreases to compensate.

"Millage was reduced but that does not necessarily mean your taxes are going to go down unless your property did not go up in value," Hiatt said. "For example, if you live outside the city of Meridian, if your property values did not go up more than $7,000, then you're not going to pay any more taxes than you did the preceding year."

Hiatt offered a method to measure your reappraisal.

"Look at what you have your property insured at, and if you have your property insured at an amount that's comparable to market value, that we have on your property, then yours has a fairly accurate appraisal," said Hiatt.

Supervisor Hank Florey said there has been no updated appraisal since 1992.

"Well, my taxes went up," Florey said. "Mine happened to be up 43 percent from last year. Really, it's 43 percent from 10 years back."

But Supervisor Ray Boswell said the board did not do what it should have.

"This board should have, if they wanted to do something about the taxes of the people of this county, should have lowered millage to take care of increases in taxes and this board chose not to do that," Boswell said.

Protests of property assessments may be directed to the tax assessor's office.