Appraisers with the Rogers County Assessor’s office are making their way through Catoosa and Owasso this year, visually inspecting all taxable land parcels.
“Once every four years we submit to the Oklahoma Tax Commission a visual inspection plan for the county which divides the county into even parcels of four sections,” said County Assessor Scott Marsh. “Parcels are actual taxable pieces of land.”
State statute requires the review every four years. Last year, the Inola area of Rogers County was re-evaluated. This year the inspections rotate to Catoosa and the Rogers County portions of Owasso.
“By Oklahoma statute we have to visually inspect every portion of Rogers County every four years,” said Marsh.
Some residents finding yellow door tags have asked whether this means a tax increase. While that is a possibility, it is not automatic.
“Visual inspection does not mean that we’re -re-evaluating a property necessarily,” said Marsh. “The valuation isn’t determined because of that inspection.”
Marsh said if there is an addition to the property such as a garage or other improvement, there could be an increase in value which could result in an increase in taxes. The assessor’s office only determines value, they do not levy the taxes on property.
On the contrary, if a barn or garage is removed, the value could decrease. Property owners can report changes to the property that could lower the value at any time, said Marsh.
They do not have to wait three or four years for the visual inspection. Anyone can call and notify the assessor’s office of a change to the property.
“We will verify that data and make the change for that year,” said Marsh. “Taxpayer input is very important to us.”
Taxpayers can also call with questions. When property value does increase, a notification is sent out ahead of time. In some cases, such as the deterioration of a structure, or depreciation of a mobile home, value could actually decrease even if property value goes up in an area.
“It’s our goal to make sure we have the best, more accurate records for the taxpayer to make sure visual inspection is done completely and fairly,” said Marsh. “Visual inspection does not mean that we’re raising your taxes.”