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Property Tax Reappraisal

by Sen. Bruce Tutvedt

Property tax reappraisal is triggered by the Montana Constitution:

Constitution of Montana — Article VIII — REVENUE AND FINANCE

     Section 3. Property tax administration. The state shall appraise, assess, and equalize the valuation of all property which is to be taxed in the manner provided by law

“Equalize the valuation of all property” is interpreted to mean that the state of Montana taxes property at market value.  Other options like taxing based on the sales price with inflation adjustments does not meet the constitutional demand for equal valuation as a house purchased long ago could have a significantly tax than its neighbor.  Therefore the constitution demands that the state appraise property regularly.

In the past this was completed once each six years.  The last reappraisal was done in 2008 with the next cycle being required in the 2014. Continue reading

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