Grand jury investigation finds assessor’s office didn’t break law |

Grand jury investigation finds assessor’s office didn’t break law

A grand jury investigation into the Nevada County Assessor’s Office found officials did nothing illegal, but could do a better job educating property owners about their rights.

The Nevada County Grand Jury investigated a citizen complaint about the office’s procedure on property assessment and released a report on the secret proceedings Thursday.

Nevada County’s real estate market has been in sharp decline for several years, and jurors examined whether the county office was being responsible to reassess property, thus lowering tax bills.

A computer system was used to evaluate the 2008/2009 assessment roll, but was not used on the 2009/2010 roll, even though at least 3,183 properties had their tax bill reduced when it was used in 2008/2009, the jury found.

Still, “it is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility to be aware of a property’s assessed value and to request a review in a depressed market,” the report said.

A message was left for Nevada County Interim Assessor James Dal Bon.

For more, visit this story later today and read Friday’s edition of The Union.

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