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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: November 6, 2019 03:22 PM
From: Representative John T. Galloway
To: All House members
Subject: Property Reassignment for Tax Assessments
 
As a result of changes made to statute in 2010 to consolidate many major assessment laws, several local tax assessment offices have denied homeowners located on boundary lines from reassigning the municipality or county in which their house is assessed, even though current law seemingly permits this. These tax assessment offices argue, either under the pre-2010 law or their interpretation of current law, that they do not have the authority to reassign a homeowner’s county or municipality of assessment in these instances.

Unsurprisingly, this has caused frustration and confusion among our constituents, who presume they can reassign their property based on current law. To clear confusion caused by the change to the law, I am introducing legislation explicitly allowing a homeowner located on boundary lines to choose the county or municipality in which they are assessed. This decision can only be made once and will be binding on all owners and subsequent owners, unless the land is subdivided, or a boundary line is changed.

Please join me in cosponsoring this very important legislation.



Introduced as HB2072