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July 6, 2011

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J��� 6, 2011 ASSESSOR’S CORNER Now that the appeal period is over, we have been receiving calls “When will we receive an answer to our Appeal”? The Assessor has a deadline of August 15, 2011, to notify all property owners of his decision for the “2012” tax year. The Assessor mails all decisions out on the same day. However we plan to an- swer all of the appeals that our office has received before the August deadline. Within 25 days of the mailing date of the Assessor’s decision. Taxpayers that do not agree with the Assessor’s deci- sion will have the opportunity to file an appeal with the Board of Equalization. Please remember that burden of proof lies on the taxpayer. You must provide information to show that you are NOT being valued the same as other proper- ties in your area. This burden of proof applies to all levels of appeals. If you file an appeal with the Tax Court within 60 days of the administrative decision the administrative appeal process ends pending a determination by the court. Friendly reminder that the Tax Bills for “2011” will be coming to you in Septem- ber, if you need to change your address or make any other changes, now is the time to do it. As always, you can con- tact out office at your convenience, we will be more that happy to assist you. ���.D����� M��������.��� ARE YOU A PROPERTY OWNER IN LA PAZ COUNTY? The Assessor’s office would like to in- form property owners of a new State Statue that may affect them for the 2012 tax year and forward. A.R.S. §42-12001 thru §42-12055 Beginning next year and included with the 2013 Notice of Value, the County Assessor is required by statue to mail all owners of class 3 property an affi- davit (a form the owner fills out under penalty of perjury) stating the property is in compliance with §42-12053. This affidavit must be completed, signed and returned to the Assessor’s Office. What does this mean? • Property owners will be receiving the 2013 Notice of Value near the end of January, first of February 2012. Do not disregard this notice, or it may cost you. The information on this no- tice tells the property owner how the property is classified on the Assessor’s records. This Notice of Value will in- clude an affidavit. The property owner must complete the affidavit and return FOOD HANDLERS CLASSES La Paz County Health Department holds food handlers classes in Quartzsite all year round. All classes are at the Quartzsite Senior Center, located at 40 Moon Mountain. CLASSES PLANNED FOR JULY, SEPT., OCT. & NOV. : Wednesday, July 13th @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday, Sept. 21st @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12th @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 16th @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE PLANNED FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY : Wednesdays, Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st @ 9:00am and 10:30 am Fridays, Wednesdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th @ 9:00am and 10:30am Fridays, Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 30th @ 9:00am & 10:30 am Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th 27th @ 9:00am and 10:30 am READER’S OASIS BOOKS 690 E. Main - Quartzsite (one block east of Family Dollar) 928-927-6551 this form in the prescribed time frame or the property will automatically be changed to Residence “other” (class 4) classification. • Primary Residence (class 3) and Residence “other (class 4) properties have the same assessment ratio which is set at 10%, but the “other” (class 4) properties do not receive the State Aid to Education credit. This credit is re- served for property owners that have Owner-Occupied (class 3) properties or fall under the prescribed allow- ance. This is an example of a home in La Paz County Valued at $235,053. Had this law been in effect for the tax year (2010), non-compliance for this prop- erty owner would have cost and addi- tional $305.59. The Assessor’s Office is here to help you. If you have any questions please call our office at (928) 669-6165. Until next time, George Nault and Staff P��� 11 Remember the story about the boy who cried, “Wolf!” A young shepherd boy, for his own entertainment, makes believe and screams that a big wolf has come. The people in the village run out to help him. After he pulls this prank several times, the villagers realize he’s just pre- tending. One day a wolf really comes, but this time when the boy cries out, everyone ignores him. The wolf eats the flock. TRUSTWORTHINESS Discuss the importance of telling the truth all the time. Use the following questions in your discussion: • What happens if someone lies a lot? (Others stop believing you.) • Why didn’t the people believe the boy when there really was a wolf? (Because his repeated lying made him untrust- worthy.) • What is the best way to make sure people believe us all the time? (Always be honest.) • Has this ever happened to someone you know? from Come Visit our Salvation Army 101 S. Moon Mountain Ave. New Mini Store for the We are now accepting donations and doing our charity work from our new location. Our new mini store is now open while we wait for the construction of our brand new building. NEW HOURS: Mon-Sat. 8-10am We still need and are accepting your donations so we may continue to help our local people. For more information, contact Salvation Army at 928-927-3636.

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