Representatives from the Starke County Assessor’s Office are visiting homes throughout the county to conduct the state-mandated cyclical reassessment process. They are required to physically inspect 25 percent of the properties in the county each year to ensure property records contain accurate information. County Assessor Rhonda Milner says this is done to make sure taxpayers receive accurate assessments.
Milner adds field agents will have magnets on their vehicles identifying them as representatives of the assessor’s office and will also carry identification badges. They will try to talk to the taxpayer in order to identify themselves and ask questions to verify information about the home’s interior. Milner says they do not need to enter the home, but owners can ask for an interior inspection if they believe the information on their property record card is incorrect. The field agent will inspect the outside of the home and any other structures on the property and may take measurements. Even if structures are not new, the agent may need to verify information for tax purposes. Field agents Troy Schlarp and John Viveiros will be doing the work.
If the taxpayer is not home, the agent will leave a door hanger notice indicating he was there. The homeowner may call the Reassessment Office at 574-772-9166 to verify data. If taxpayers are unsure of a field agent’s identity or has other questions they may call the Starke County Assessor’s Office at 574-772-9107 for verification.