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Janesville property owners to challenge property values

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David Brazy
July 20, 2011
— About 175 of Janesville property owners have scheduled open book meetings to challenge the city’s revaluation of their properties.

Open book meetings begin Thursday for people who have questions and concerns about their revaluations.


The meetings will be in room 416 at City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St., Janesville.


The city this year revaluated homes for the first time since 2002, and property values in Janesville increased an average 12 percent.


“The percentage bases may not be any different (this year), but the volume of appointments will be higher,” City Assessor Richard Haviza said. “We have been busy on the phones, but it hasn’t been overwhelming.”


Haviza said each open book meeting is 30 minutes. Property owners can ask questions or challenge the city’s opinion on the value of property.


“We ask that people come in prepared … it makes the best use of everyone’s time,” Haviza said.


Haviza said no decisions will be made at open book meetings. If factual errors are discovered, they will be researched and property owner notified by Aug. 17.


OPEN BOOK MEETINGS

Janesville property owners with questions or challenges to property revaluations can make open book appointments by calling the assessor’s office at (608) 755-3045.


Appointments can be scheduled until Aug. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Appointments also can be made for Saturdays on July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


City Assessor Richard Haviza said people should arrive at open book meetings prepared with questions or information to challenge a city’s value claim.


Each meeting is 30 minutes in room 416 at City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St., Janesville.



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