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Owners of properties destroyed or significantly damaged by flooding, a tornado, or other natural disasters can request a new property assessment — what could amount to a tax break if officials agree that a property’s value has dropped.
That applies to all types of properties — homes, businesses and agricultural land. The measure amends a previous state law that required a property’s assessed value to be set as of Jan. 1 — no exceptions, even if a house burned down on Jan. 2.
State Sen. Steve Erdman, the amendment’s sponsor, actually introduced the bill last year and again this year before the March floods. The proposal gained new urgency, and supporters, afterward.
“Hopefully the word will get out,” said Debbie Churchill, the Dodge County assessor. “People, take advantage of it. Don’t wait until the last minute.”
There are fairly strict parameters and a narrow window to apply: