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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 2, 2013 01:25 PM
From: Representative Dan Moul
To: All House members
Subject: Assessment of Mobile Homes – Prior HB 2472
In the very near future I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Consolidated County Assessment Law regarding the assessment of mobile homes, which house some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

It is my observation and experience that mobile homes do not appreciate in value in the same way as traditional stick built or modular homes on foundations. In fact, mobile homes generally depreciate in value over time. However, our assessment system still tends to treat mobile homes like other residential property.

In an attempt to address this problem, my legislation requires assessors to consider valid aspects of valuation that apply to mobile homes. Specifically this bill would require the consideration of real-world, market-based values placed on mobile homes in valuation guides prepared by associations that analyze mobile home sales and other relevant data (similar to the Kelly Blue Book). These guides are similar to those used to value used automobiles. The value stated in such guides would be prima facie evidence of value, but shall not necessarily be controlling.

My legislation would also require assessors to consider any depreciation in the value of the mobile home and the ease or difficulty with which a mobile home may be moved from site to site. I believe these factors are also important components in establishing the value of mobile homes

Introduced as HB161