How are my Real Estate taxes determined?

Taxing jurisdictions such as the county, schools, cities, and townships, adopt their levy after public hearings. The levies are certified to the County Auditor who then calculates the tax rates. The taxes you pay are proportionate to your estimated market value and use the classification of your property as observed by the Assessor’s Office. Similar properties with their differing amenities and sales prices are used as a comparison with other properties that have not sold, to estimate their value.

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1. How are my Real Estate taxes determined?
2. Why has my value gone up?
3. Who is my Appraiser?
4. What is Estimated Market Value (EMV) and how does the assessor determine it?
5. Are Property Estimated Market Valuation increases limited to 15%?
6. Can my Estimated Market Value change even if the assessor has not been inside my property?
7. How can I judge the accuracy and fairness of my value and classification?
8. Does the Estimated Market Value increase at the same rate on all properties?
9. What is a Property Identification Number (PIN)?
10. What is a Special Assessment?
11. Who determines my property tax?
12. Why is the amount of taxes on my tax statement I received in March/April different than what was shown on the Notice of Proposed Taxes that I received in November?
13. Will my Estimated Market Value go up if I repair my property?