This letter is in response to an article in the Feb. 17 edition of the Herald Weekly titled “Tax revaluation appeals will continue.”

Your article did help clarify the appeal process required of property owners who are unhappy with the recent property revaluation. However, your article left out one key deadline that has caused many homeowners to appeal after their deadline has passed.

Your explanation of how the process works leads one to believe the deadline to file the “Real Property Appeal Notification” is June 29. Your article states “The Real Property Appeal Notification must be filed with the assessors office, prior to the board’s adjournment, unless the final notice of value was mailed to the taxpayer fewer than 15 days prior to the board’s adjournment.” Your article also states that the adjournment date is June 30.

This was also stated in a letter sent to myself by the county clerk with my informal review results. In this letter it clearly states, “The adjournment date is June 30.” However, in the upper right corner of the “Notice of Real Property Assessed Value” (the results of my informal appeal) it states the last date to appeal was 1/27/2012, or 15 days after the notice.

When I realized my deadline had passed (it takes awhile to get the information necessary to appeal the valuation), I called the tax assessors office and was basically told that I was out of luck, if I appeal after my deadline, they would throw my appeal on the “hundreds of other appeals filed late” and it would be ignored. I explained that their letter sent to me by the county clearly states that the adjournment date is June 30, but to no avail. My only recourse was to pay the 2011 tax bill and file an additional appeal for 2012. Consequently, hundreds of people awaiting the results of their appeal will never hear from the Board of Equalization and Review.

I would suggest that all Notices of Appeal of Assessment for Real Property be heard by the board, that the letter sent by the board with the results of each and every informal appeal leads directly to appeals being filed late, and that the county has a moral obligation to fix this problem by hearing all appeals.

– Ken Forster, Cornelius