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 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.
The Assessment Department accurately classifies and values all property in a uniform manner while treating every property owner fairly. 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.
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:
a. Locate and identify all taxable property within the Sitka Borough
b. Inventory the quantity, quality and important characteristics of all taxable property
c. Accurately estimate the market value of each taxable property
d. Calculate the taxable value(s) for each property
e. Timely notify the owner(s) of the assessed value
f. Respond to inquiries regarding methods and values, governing laws and regulations
g. Prepare and certify the official assessment roll of the entire borough
2. Provide up-to-date information about assessment and related property matters, a service grown in importance to the community over the years.
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Links of Interest
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
Physical Location/Mailing Address
City & Borough of Sitka
100 Lincoln St, Room 201
Sitka, AK 99835
Department e-mail address: email@example.com
Larry Reeder - Assessing Director
Kasi Kinslow - Appraiser
Seth Charlton - Appraisal Technician