Many Marion County residents are not happy with the assessment of how much their home is worth. The more your home is worth, the more tax money you have to pay on it.
The majority of homeowners in Marion County saw the assessed value on their homes go up. The biggest jump was in Washington Township.
Homeowner Rob Metzel could not believe it when he got his assessment.
“I was pleasantly surprised that my home is now worth $20,000 more than what it was in 2008,” said Metzel. “I am just going to run right out and put the sign in my yard and try to get more than $200,000 for my home. I am very happy.”
Metzel was being just a bit sarcastic. Here is how he really felt.
“How can anyone in their right mind assume that your home is worth $20,000 more than it ever was?” said Metzel. “Something is a miss. Something is awry somewhere.”
According to the Marion County Assessor, the home valuing process went through wholesale changes this year. Properties based on 1999 figures are being bumped up to reflect 2012 prices.
“The bottom line is we are assessing the property as to what the market value of that property is,” said Marion County Assessor Joseph O’Connor.
According to O’Connor, 52 percent of residential properties saw their values go up, 43 percent went down, and 5 percent saw no change. O’Connor said sometimes a value is not quite right.
“We know that some things can go awry, or some values may just be egregious enough or glaring in the face that they are wrong,” said O’Connor.
Phone lines in the assessors office have been flooded with homeowners asking about the value of their property. O’Connor said if homeowners are not happy with their assessment, they can file an appeal, which is exactly what Rob Metzel plans on doing.
“I assume there will be a group of individuals that are going to try to understand who in fact reassessed the homes and what they were smoking at the time,” said Metzel.
O’Connor said overall, the values in Marion County were up 1 percent from last year.
If you would like to file an appeal you can download an appeal form online.