Incline Resident Taxes

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

A group of Incline Village residents is challenging Washoe County's property tax system, and it's getting the attention of the Nevada Supreme Court.

The group is calling itself the "Village League to Save Incline Assets," and it has been fighting for what it calls "unfair property tax increases" since December of 2002.

Residents will appear before all seven justices of the Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday. They will argue that there were times when property taxes increased by up to 375 percent from the previous year.

Properly owners say they were averaging 49 percent increases, each year, without any warning.

Washoe County officials say Incline Village and Crystal Bay homeowners pay the same percentage on their property taxes, as any other homeowner in Washoe County.

They say these residents are paying more because their homes are worth much more on the housing market.

However, in March of this year, the County Board of Equalization adjusted property values to 2003 levels for hundreds of homeowners, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Rollbacks were issued, but that decision was appealed by the Washoe County Assessor's Office. So far, no refunds have been paid to property owners.

Again, oral arguments by attorneys for both sides, will be heard tomorrow in Carson City. In any decision is made, we will bring it to you during our newscasts.

James Steiner News Channel 8.


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