Washoe Board To Hear Tax Appeals Case By Case

Washoe County, Nevada
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Washoe County's Board of Equalization will hear more than 1,000 tax appeals from Incline Village property owners individually.

The homeowners are protesting the method used last year by the county assessor's office to value their properties, which resulted in higher property taxes.

The assessor's office had wanted the board to hear the appeals in groups.

But in voting unanimously Wednesday to hear each appeal on a case-by-case basis, equalization board members said they don't want anyone to feel they were shortchanged because of time constraints.

"I don't think any of us would want to let the taxpayer not get up and not speak about their property," board Chairman Ron Fox said.

Similar appeals have been filed by residents of the Caughlin Ranch area in southwest Reno.

Caughlin Ranch residents Larry Winkler and his wife, real estate agent Jeannie Cassinelli, are trying to organize similar mass appeals among homeowners there.

Winkler, who said the couple's land value shot up 67 percent, said he believes the assessor's office is putting too much value on land based on too few vacant land sales.

The deadline for filing tax assessment values is Jan. 15.