Assessing Department

            

Senior-Citizen, Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption Program Audit

October 2018 – September 2019

 

Sitka’s property taxbase has steadily increased from 1-3% annually, but increases have historically been offset by increases in exemptions afforded by the Senior-Citizen/Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption (SCDVPTE) Program. Proper administration of Sitka’s property tax base, the most stable portion of the General Fund Budget generating approximately 25% of general fund revenue supporting schools, roads, and other community infrastructure, includes adherence to both valuation and exemption eligibility laws and standards. It is the responsibility of the local Assessor to enforce compliance with those laws and standards.

 

Program eligibility in Sitka continues to rise due to Sitka’s larger than average senior population, due to the aging nature of the overall population, and due to the increasing number of veterans exiting service with a disability. Eligible applicant counts are expected to increase at a rate of about 6% per year. In 2012 there were 480 participants, and in 2019 over 625 applicants are expected, comprising 25% of the estimated 2,500 total residential structures in Sitka. This will exempt approximately $500,000 in tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year. Auditing of the program, by the local Assessor, will continue in accordance to the established criteria.

 

The current audit of the Senior-Citizen/Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption Program is required by both state and local law, and is guided in practice by the Standard on Procedural Issues for the Application of the Senior Citizen/Disabled Veteran/Widow-Widower Property Tax Exemption Program in Accordance with ALASKA STATUTE 29.45.030(e)-(i), a best-practices standard developed by the Alaska Association of Assessing Officers (AAAO).  You may find more detailed information on the audit program and FAQ’s by following these links: SCDVPTE FAQ's or SCDVPTE Program Details

 

 

2019 Senior-Citizen/Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption Audit Timeline

 

October 1, 2018 - December 14, 2018  

 

    - Audit Program Begins

      - Reapplications must be completed prior to December 14, 2018

      - Property inspection must be completed prior to December 14, 2018

      - Monthly residency verification site visits begin

 

December 14, 2018

 

      - Reapplication deadline for audited participants

 

January 15, 2019

     

      - Assessor's 2019 Senior-Citizen/Disabled Veteran Property Tax

        Exemption Determination Letters will be mailed

      - Appeals of Assessor's Determination must be filed with the Alaska

        Superior Court within 30 days of this notification (SGC 4.12.025(I))

 

February 15, 2019

 

      - Deadline for submission of new applications for the 2019 Senior-Citizen/

        Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemptions will be granted and declared

        According to local, state audit guidelines

 

                                        Assessing News
                     Real and Personal Property Inspections

                             

State and local law require real and personal property to be regularly inspected for annual taxation purposes.  In order to meet this mandate and revalue over 4,800 properties annually the Assessing Department divides the borough into six sections for reinspection each year.

 

The Assessing Department strives to clearly communicate the current area of inspection and duties while there.  The department inspects properties year-round with a goal of inspecting at least 700 properties each year. Please note, Alaska Statute 29.45.130 grants the department legal authority to inspect real and personal property for taxation purposes, within reasonable times throughout the day. As a practice we will be inspecting properties generally from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily Monday through Friday.  Please ask for this letter of introduction if you encounter our appraisers on your property; it outlines the authority to inspect and identifies the appraiser for your security. 

 

Our standard protocol is to notify the area of inspection through public website announcements, conduct an initial knock on the door when onsite, and then proceed with an inspection unless asked to leave.  If asked to leave the property, the appraiser will value the property to the best of their ability from the street; any inaccuracies as a result are the responsibility of the owner to correct during the informal appeal period of March 15th to April 15th.  If you have questions or concerns about Assessing staff being on your property, please contact this office to discuss.

 

Current Area of Inspection

 

This year’s area of reinspection is generally the north-end of Halibut Point Road and island properties.

 

 

      Forms and Downloads

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Assessing process

F.A.Q.'s Brochure

Links of Interest

 

The Assessing department is responsible for assessing the value of all properties within the City and Borough of Sitka boundaries; and administers all State and Borough exemptions as set forth in State Statutes and Borough Code. The department also maintains property record information, which includes ownership, address, assessed value, and legal property descriptions.

 

Assessing has two primary missions:

  1. Administer a property assessment that is fair, uniform, and equitable by employing the following seven procedures:
    1. Locate and identify all taxable property within the Sitka Borough
    2. Inventory the quantity, quality and important characteristics of all taxable property
    3. Accurately estimate the market value of each taxable property
    4. Calculate the taxable value(s) for each property
    5. Timely notify the owner(s) of the assessed value
    6. Respond to inquiries regarding methods and values; governing laws and regulations
    7. Prepare and certify the official assessment roll of the entire borough
  1. Provide up-to-date information about assessment and related property matters, a service grown in importance to the community over the years.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)

Physical Location/Mailing Address

City & Borough of Sitka

Assessing Department

100 Lincoln St, Room 108

Sitka, AK 99835

 

Department e-mail address:  assessing@cityofsitka.org

Staff

Wendy J. Lawrence, ACAA III - Assessing Director
(907) 747-1820
wendy.lawrence@cityofsitka.org

Kasi L. Heim - Appraisal Tech
(907) 747-1822
kasi.heim@cityofsitka.org

Josh Joseph - Appraiser I

(907) 747-1829

 

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