Appellants should meet with City Assessment staff to discuss your appeal prior to completing the notice of appeal form. The meeting may enable you and the assessor to agree on specific facts or issues surrounding your appeal. Certain details regarding this meeting, specifically the date and any outcomes, are to be included within your notice of appeal. If the meeting does not take place, you must indicate why this did not happen.
When making an assessment appeal, be sure to complete all portions of the form and if necessary, use an attachment. If you do not include all the required information, your appeal may not be considered by the Board.
You must provide specific grounds supporting the appeal. You are required to provide as many details as possible including all facts and evidence that an error has been made in the:
- Valuation of the land/improvement;
- Classification of the land/improvement;
- Preparation of the relevant assessment roll or assessment notice; and/or
- Content of the relevant assessment roll or assessment notice.
The grounds for the appeal must be detailed. Phrases such as "assessment too high" and "assessment too low" are not sufficient. It is your responsibility to make a case to the Board of Revision. It may be as simple as proving that dimensions or measurements are wrong or that a classification is not correct, or as complex as proving that the value of a property is not fairly assessed compared to another property that is similar in nature. The secretary of a Board of Revision is responsible to review your appeal, and in situations where the appeal does not meet minimum content requirements, the secretary may provide you up to 14 days to fix errors that the secretary finds in the grounds for an appeal.