Mercer Township Assessor

Property Assessment  Appeal Process Guide

General Information

Property taxes are levied, collected, and spent locally to finance a major part of the services that units of local government provide to their residents. The appeal process begins at the local level.

When going through the appeal process, you, the property owner, are appealing the assessed value of your property, not the tax bill. The amount of the tax bill is determined by the various tax rates that are applied to the assessment based on the levies of various local government taxing districts which include counties, townships, municipalities, school districts, special districts, etc. If the assessment increases, the change must be published in a local newspaper. Individual notices will also be mailed in some instances.

Note: Tax rates are not an issue in the assessment appeal process, only the amount of the assessment. Once you receive the tax bill, it is generally too late to make an appeal for that year’s assessment.

Appeal Process

If you do not think your assessment is correct, please contact the Mercer Township Assessor’s Office. I will be happy to sit down with you and listen to your concerns. The following information will help you be prepared for the meeting, and will help me understand the situation better.

·  Recent purchase contracts, listings, and closing statements of your property

·  Sales of similar homes in your neighborhood

·  Assessments of similar homes in your neighborhood

·  Recent appraisal of your property

·  Photographs of your home and comparable properties in your neighborhood

You can gather comparable sales and assessments information by researching the public records available in our office.  If you need assistance, a township employee will help you.

Complaints may be based on the following objections.

·  Incorrect data – Information about your property is incorrectly reported on the Assessor’s property record card.  Errors in square footage or numbers of bathrooms in the home are some examples.

·  Market Value – Based on comparable sales in the area, your house would sell for less than the Assessor’s opinion of value

·  Inequity – The market value of your property is accurate, but similar properties are assessed for less.

After your meeting with the Mercer Township Assessor’s Office, if you are not satisfied with the Assessor’s decision, you may file an appeal with the Mercer County Board of Review. At the appeal hearing you will present your information to a three member panel. For more information about the Mercer County Board of Review, please contact the Mercer County Supervisor of Assessment's office at (309) 582-7814.

You may discuss your assessment with the Mercer Township Assessor’s Office throughout the year. However, appeals to the Board of Review must be filed within 30 days after the publication of the assessment in The Times Record, which is published in the fall of each year. After receiving notice of the Board of Review’s decision you have thirty days to appeal to the State Property Tax Appeal Board.  After receiving notice of the Board of Review’s decision you have thirty days to appeal to the State Property Tax Appeal Board.

Remember, most misunderstandings on your assessment may be answered by a simple phone call or by furnishing supporting data to the Mercer Township Assessor’s Office. If you would like to set up an appointment with the Mercer Township Assessor’s Office, you can call my office at (309) 582-5598.