Real Property, A Basic Overview
Assessors must plan for two types of appraisal programs: annual update and reappraisal. Reappraisal involves physical inspection of at least one fifth of the county’s property inventory each year (Five Year Review of Property Characteristics Plan). Reappraisal looks at all physical components of properties to ensure all characteristics are correct. Reappraisal is identified with physical inspections or updated aerial photographs when possible.Physical Inspections
Remodeling, expansion, and renovation projects are often completed without building permits. Various other changes can occur to land and improvements which the Assessor’s Office may not detect without an on-site inspection of the property. Utah state law requires all property be physically re-inspected at least once every five years. (59-2-303.1)
Regular updates of aerial photographs provide an excellent means for reappraisal collection. Discovery of new, or modifications to, structures and developments are readily detected when the new photographs are compared to the old. In addition, aerial photographs may make it possible to inspect areas of the county that are otherwise inaccessible.
In order to ensure that the Weber County Assessor’s Office has the correct information, a review of physical characteristics occurs every five years. In the interim, state code allows the Assessor’s Office to send inquiries to homeowners to confirm the information on file. This process involves a short questionnaire regarding the home’s characteristics. This survey is delivered by a member of the reappraisal team. You can complete the questionnaire and return by mail or, complete and submit online.
Reappraisal Questionnaire FAQWhat is the purpose of the reappraisal questionnaire?
To verify the information we have on record for your property is accurate. For example, room count, basement finish, remodel or a recent purchase.
The Utah State Constitution requires ‘property to be taxed at a uniform and equal rate in proportion to its value…’ (Article XIII, Section 2, subsection 1) Reappraisal updates property characteristics which ensures you and your neighbor are treated fairly.
Do I have to let the Assessor’s Office on my property?
No, however, the appraiser is then required to estimate the unseen characteristics in order to value your property.
Are you going to raise my taxes?
The Assessor’s responsibility is to establish a fair market value for each property in the county. This ensures everyone is treated equally so you only pay your fair share of property taxes. As sales occur, the market value of your property may increase or decrease as indicated by those sales. Taxes may increase or decrease based on the market value of your property and the requirements of the taxing entities. Each taxing entity (schools, water/sewer, libraries, municipal government, etc.) provides a service to the citizens of Weber County, which are partially supported through property tax. Each entity has the power to raise revenue through a property tax increase, regardless of the market value of your property.
What if I don’t agree with the new value?
You have the right to appeal within 45 days from the date your valuation notice is sent, or September 15th, whichever is later. For further information on appealing your property value visit the Clerk/Auditor.
How do I submit a Reappraisal Questionnaire?
Or complete the Reappraisal Questionnaire that was delivered to your residence and return to 2380 Washington Blvd #380 Ogden UT 84401 by mail or in person.