What are the responsibilities of the Board of Review?
The Assessor turns the assessment roll over to the Board of Review, who can increase or decrease any improper assessment. The Board has no control over millage rates for property taxes.
Who are the members of the Board of Review?
Charters vary regarding membership. According to The Wyandotte City Charter of 1926 the members of the board are: The Mayor, City Assessor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and the City Attorney.
When does the board meet?
Per the Wyandotte City Charter of 1926, the board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month of February
Are the meetings open to the public?
Yes, the public and members of the press are welcome to attend the meetings.
Who may file an appeal?
Any person may file an appeal regarding their assessment of the property they own within the board’s jurisdiction. By law, non-resident property owners can appeal by letter. Residents who are unable to attend in person may appeal by letter. A designated agent may also be appointed to appeal on the behalf of the property owner, with proper documentation.
How can I make an effective appeal of value?
The taxpayer must give evidence to show that the assessment is incorrect. The Board of Review needs viable reason to alter an assessment. Be prepared to answer the following questions: “What do you think your property is worth?” and “What are you basing that opinion on?”
All assessments are based on the sale of similar properties. You may hire a professional appraiser, use a recent appraisal (within one year of the assessment you are appealing) or you can research sales in your community and compare them to your home. The assessor’s office may provide you with current sales information. All research must be performed by the property owner.
How can I review and compare sales?
You should look for similar properties with like features. For example: Your neighbor’s home sold for $100,000. and is identical in nature to your property with the exception of a garage you may subtract or add $6,000 to $8,000 from the assessment.
Are the Board of Review decisions permanent?
No. The decisions are only binding for the current tax assessment year.
When will I be informed of the board's decision?
The Board of Review will not give you an immediate decision. You will be notified in writing as soon as possible, and given information regarding the appeal process.
May I protest the decision?
The Board of Review functions in many ways like a court although its procedures are less formal. It is similar to a court decision in that it has the authority to decide on certain issues based on evidence. In deciding whether to appeal your assessment to the Board of Review, you should first answer these two questions:
1. Does your protest involve an issue that the Board of Review has authority to make a decision?
2. Do you have supporting evidence?
How should I present my protest?
If you are protesting on the value of your property, you should be prepared to justify why your property would not sell for twice the assessed value. If you are appealing based on hardship, documentation will be necessary. Please obtain and complete the necessary documentation before proceeding to the Board of Review. The more information that you are able to provide to the board, the more informed they will be in making a fair determination