If your property taxes seemed to be off this year, there might be a good reason.
Kerry Ross, Carter County Assessors office first deputy, said a glitch in the state computer system has led to a number of people questioning their property taxes.
Ross said the issue was in coding and it was based on both fair market value and taxable value.
“The most important thing is we use the state-based system of the Oklahoma Tax Commission,” she said. “And within the system, there are two systems.” Ross said the first is fair market value, which is an estimated value on what a property could be bought or sold for. The second is taxable market value, which is how property owners are being taxed. The value is not to exceed 3 percent or 5 percent over the previous year value unless improvements were made to the property, it is transferred, changed or conveyed to another person. The value when multiplied by the total tax rate determines taxes.
Ross said there are parts of the county where there is growth; houses being sold around a taxpayer’s property increases the property value around them. And that causes the market to fluctuate.
“People that purchase a home recently may have a market value which is closer to what a home was 20 years ago,” Ross said.
The issue with the coding error started when a new value was rolled into the system.
"The state ran a report with that particular code," Ross said.
Ross said when the office began to see people coming in with questions, assessors proactively made the adjustments.
"We didn't wait for them to come in," she said. "We have had maybe 100 people come in and some had properties that were both up and down. Most of the people that have come in and asked questions have been pleased with what they have learned.
"Coding is when the values looked high. When things are selling, it will affect a property value and fair cash value is what we have to value the property at." Ross encouraged county residents to contact the office if they have any questions about their property tax.
"People can come in or call," she said. "First and foremost, we want it to be fair."