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Tight Deadline for Informal Assessment Review

Megan Lynch
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – As St. Louis County homeowners find assessment notices in their mailbox, they’re also finding they have little time to question the numbers.

 “They’re assessing it for more than I can sell it for,” says Creve Coeur homeowner Lola Dossett who received her assessment Friday afternoon.

It puts the market value of her home six-percent higher at a time when home prices have dropped.  Dossett tells KMOX News, when she called to get an informal conference to object, she was given few options.  The only openings are in days, which Dossett says is too little time to put together information.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman explains why the short deadline.  “By Missouri law I lose the power to change anyone’s assessment after July first.”

Zimmerman says his office is trying to squeeze in several thousand homeowners in the next few weeks.  Once informal conferences are closed, the next option is a formal appeal to the Board of Equalization.

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