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Assessor Office FAQ
1. What does the Assessor Do?
The CBJ Assessor’s office primary responsibility is to determine the fair market value for your property. We estimate the market value for more than 13,000 real and business personal property accounts within the Borough. Basic responsibilities include; Locate all taxable property within the Borough and identify the ownership. Establish a value for all property subject to taxation. List the value of all taxable property on the assessment roll. Apply all legal exemptions.
2. What the Assessor Does Not Do.
The Assessor does not compute property tax bills. Collect property taxes. Establish property tax laws. Set rules by which property is appraised.
3. Why is Property Taxed?
Property taxes provide funds our local government needs to provide local services such as public schools, police and fire protection, libraries and other services.
4. How is the Market Value Estimated?
The Assessor does not create the fair market value. This value is established through the buying and selling of real estate in the market place. The Assessor has the legal responsibility to study those transactions and assess your property accordingly.
5. What Else Does the Assessor Do?
6. What are the Property Owner’s Responsibilities?
It is up to each individual property owner to monitor their own assessments. A taxpayer who feels he/she is not being fairly assessed should meet with the Assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established. An appointment can be scheduled to review the property owner’s concerns and answer any questions.
7. Can I Get an Exemption?
Several types of exemptions are available for qualifying property owners.
8. How Can We Help You?
Our staff includes 5 real property appraisers, 1 business property appraiser and 1 administrative assistant to provide assistance. We are open 8am to 430pm Mon – Fri, except holidays. 155 S. Seward St. Juneau AK, Rm 114. Telephone 907.586.0333. Email: Assessor_office@ci.juneau.ak.us
9. Important Dates to Remember
January 1st – Day of Assessment for the New Year