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Cassia County Property Owners and Taxpayers

What a memorable past couple of months we have experienced.  Hopefully this finds you healthy and safe.  Covid-19 has brought many changes in our daily routines and changes that will affect the way we do many things going forward.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and bring some warmer weather so we able to be outside and keep our social distancing.  As the pandemic has affected many, Gov Little extended the deadlines for some state programs, including the Property Tax Reduction Program (Circuit Breaker).  Cassia County taxpayers have until June 15, 2020, to sign up for and receive tax reduction benefits on their homes which they occupy.  The property owners are entitled to receive benefits if they meet the following qualifications as of January 1st, 2020:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Legal Citizen and permanent residents of the County
  • Blind
  • Widow (er) of any age
  • Former Prisoner of War or Hostage
  • Veteran with 10% or more service-connected disability or receiving a pension from a VA for a non-service-connected disability
  • Disabled
  • Fatherless or motherless child under 18 years old
  • Total 2019 income which does not exceed $31,280

The state also offers a new Property Tax Reduction program for Veterans with 100% service-connected disability which requires no income limit. Gov Little signed HB 552 into law this year, which allows veterans who do not have a 100% service-connected disability rating but are paid at the 100% rate due to their individual unemployability to apply for this veterans’ program as well. 

These programs have a positive impact for many residents of our county.  The programs have the capability of reducing one’s taxes on a lot or acre of land and their primary residence by as much as $1320.  Both programs must be applied for on an annual basis to continue to qualify, and this year the deadline to have your application signed is June 15, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this program, I would encourage you to call the Assessor’s office at (208)878-3540 Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 pm.  Our office will be available to address your questions and concerns on this program.

The DMV is where our office has been most affected by Covid-19.  We were operating on an appointment only basis for 30 days and are now up and running.  We appreciate your patience during this period, and we will now be implementing new procedures in our office to maintain a healthy environment in the office for the public and our employees.

  • Social Distancing – please keep the 6’ distancing while in the office.
  • One person per transaction – No need to bring the entire family or friends into the office to complete your business transaction.
  • Limited amount of people in the office at one time.  By keeping less people in the office, we hope to keep the risk lower
  • Facemasks are recommended, as they are in any high traffic public setting, but are not required
  • Traffic flow in and out of the office has changed to keep social distancing more achievable.

Thank you for your cooperation, patience and understanding with these new guidelines.  Also, many of your transactions can be completed online if you have the technical resources to accomplish that.  Just go to:

https://www.accessidaho.org/secure/itd/vehicle/renewal.html

You may also re-register your vehicles by mail;

Cassia County Assessor

203 E 15th St

Burley, ID    83318

As far as the direction of property values in the county, the housing market continues to be strong, as pressure to the market is attributed to limited inventory, new construction and overall growth in Cassia County.  Where our office has seen a strong demand is in land values, particularly residential lots and acreages for new construction.  Ag, Commercial, and Industrial values will see conservative increases as well. That is what we have found in our yearlong market analysis and appraisal studies.  These indicators will have an impact on property values for 2020, and therefore what you will be asked to pay in taxes.  Adjustments in values are made based on market conditions within our county for similar types of property.  The appraisal process is a yearlong process where State-Certified appraisers make every effort to appraise property accurately and fairly in accordance with Idaho State Law.

Assessment notices will be mailed out by the 1st Monday in June, and every property owner has the right to appeal their assessed value.  The taxpayer, by Idaho Code, has the right to do this by the 4th Monday in June, or June 22, 2020.  I would advise every taxpayer to review their assessment notice, not just file them away like most of us do, and contact my office at (208) 878-3540, 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday if you have questions regarding your assessment notice.

It is my honor to serve the citizens of Cassia County.  We have a great staff in this office and we pledge to continue to serve all cassia County citizens in a fair and equitable manner.  I know I gripe about taxes and values as much as anyone, and this reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Will Rogers: “Living in a free country isn’t cheap.”  This still reminds me, however, just how fortunate we are to be residents of one of the safest and best places to reside is in the USA.

Please stay healthy and safe.

Dwight Davis

Cassia County Assessor

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