Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview

Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview
Overview of Fayetteville, AR

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Property Tax Appeals – NW Arkansas

Home prices in NW Arkansas are still falling, but the decline is less than in the recent past. In fact, we may be nearing the bottom of the market, but we won’t know that until after that moment has passed. Nevertheless, July is generally when property tax notices for the coming year go out, so residents may find that the value given their property does not conform to current market conditions.

In Washington and Benton County, Arkansas, assessments are normally done every three years. And appeals normally are accepted during the month of July and part of August. However, this year is an assessment year in Washington County, so notices will be sent out to all property owners during the first two weeks of July with the new assessed values. There will be instructions on the notices on how to appeal if you think your taxes are too high, compared to the market value. The latest date for appeal will be August 18.

In Benton County, next year is the assessment year. Tax notices this year will go out in early July and residents may call to schedule appointments to appeal their property tax bill from July 15 to the 3rd Monday in August. The Benton County website has a special page on the appeals process for that county.

One thing to keep in mind is that Washington County Assessor’s Office personnel are aware that we are in a declining real estate market and will be reassessing accordingly. Another is that in Arkansas on one’s principal residence, there is a $350 annual Homestead Credit. You only have to apply once for this and then it is subtracted every year as long as you live in the home. Also there are caps for senior citizens and tax breaks for disabled veterans.

Washington County also has established a website, explainmypropertytax.org, where county residents can obtain answers to their property tax questions. Once notices have gone out by mid-July, it will be possible for property owners to obtain information about their properties and taxes on that website. At this time, only general explanatory information about the tax and appeal process is available.