Jun. 21—Union County Assessor Mindy Schaefer knowledgeable the board of supervisors Monday of the method to reappraise properties all through Union County. Creston residents ought to anticipate to see individuals and autos in residential areas beginning in early July.
“We’ve got employed Vanguard to do a residential reevaluation of all our residential properties and ag dwellings,” she mentioned. Vanguard Value determinations relies in Cedar Rapids.
Beginning the week of July 4, Vanguard workers will begin in Creston. “They at all times begin within the greatest metropolis within the county. They’ll begin going door to door,” she mentioned.
“They are going to be in Creston for some time,” she mentioned, “a number of months earlier than they make it to Afton.” As soon as a schedule is thought for Afton, Schafer will inform Afton officers.
“There shall be a hyperlink to the photograph of the staff going round door to door so individuals can see their faces. We are going to notify regulation enforcement to allow them to know these vehicles are gong to be driving by way of the city.” Regulation enforcement shall be knowledgeable of make and mannequin of firm autos. Schaefer mentioned Vanguard autos shall be marked. She mentioned it’s not the identical Vanguard firm engaged on utility strains within the space.
Workers will work throughout the night. If there isn’t a reply on the door, contact info shall be left on the door for the resident. Schaefer expects some individuals to keep away from the transaction, or not even remember of what’s taking place.
“I anticipate to get cellphone calls,” she mentioned. “There may be at all times going to be individuals who do not feel comfy individuals going by way of their home and that’s OK. Your worth is gong to alter wether you take part or not. Some will go up and a few will go down.”
Schaefer mentioned the intent is to get info so everyone seems to be assessed “pretty and equally.” The final time this course of was carried out was the Nineteen Eighties.
Property homeowners shall be notified by way of mail by Schaefer, however in phases.
“I am not going to ship them out suddenly. That is going to be a 12 to 18 month course of. I’ll begin with individuals in Creston. I’ll ship a letter to all of the property homeowners of residential properties letting them know we’re starting. There shall be individuals knocking in your door,” Residential and ag dwellings shall be researched first.
Schaefer encourages individuals to reply the questions and take part within the challenge. Not offering info will pressure Vanguard to estimate the property.
“You’ve got the proper to refuse them entry. However doing that it would not cease a reestimate of their property worth. It solely makes it much less exact,” she mentioned.
Vanguard won’t be giving estimate on website. They’ll solely be amassing info earlier than values are set. The values shall be applied Jan. 1, 2024.
“Everyone’s home goes to be revalued. Each residential property goes to be revalued,” she mentioned.
“There shall be a chance later in case you do not agree with the worth that’s put in your property to come back in to both speak to both Vanguard or us about it,” she mentioned.
Property homeowners shall be notified by mail of their new values in early 2024.
“All the pieces relies on market,” she mentioned. “Think about the present market in 18 months.”
A majority of April would be the formal time for appeals, as is yearly.
Schaefer will make the most of the county’s textual content messaging system for the reevaluation, primarily to tell individuals the place Vanguard is working. Schaefer will inform Creston Metropolis Council in regards to the plan tonight. Data will even be included on Schaefer’s division on the county’s web site. She plans to launch further info on Friday.