CITY OF SPRINGFIELD WORKING WITH TORNADO VICTIMS ON PROPERTY TAXES
MAILING OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 PRELIMINARY TAX BILLS TO BE DELAYED IN SPRINGFIELD FOR ALL PROPERTY OWNERS
June 23, 2011 – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that property owners with significant damage to parcels with buildings located in the path of the June 1 tornado will receive reductions in their Fiscal Year 2012 preliminary tax bills. These reductions relate to the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2012. 2,053 parcels will receive reductions. Of these, 1496 (73%) are single-family homes. The reductions are applied to the building portion of the value. 1,812 parcels, or 88% of the entire group, received a 25% reduction on the building value, while condemned parcels, numbering 241, received larger decreases.
It is important to note that these reductions relate to the first two quarters. Bills are expected to be mailed on or about July 11, 2011. The third and fourth quarter bills, due February 1 and May 1, 2012, may be for amounts larger or smaller than the first two quarters, depending on the new valuation and tax rates, both of which will not be known for several months. The new valuations will be based on the physical condition of properties as of June 30, 2011. Personnel from the City’s Assessors Department are visiting each of the affected parcels in the tornado path, recording data and taking photographs. This activity will continue for several weeks and will be reflected in the new valuations.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated “I recognize this is an extremely difficult and challenging time for property owners affected by the tornadoes and I have directed the City Assessors Department to work with each of the impacted properties to be as fair and equitable as possible.”
Board of Assessors Chairman Richard Allen stated “we recognize that the data upon which the reductions are based in many cases is not complete, comprehensive or fully reflective of the damage caused by the tornado. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public in this process as we continue to work with and rebuild our affected residential and business communities.”
Residents with any questions about their assessment or tax bill can call the customer service call center at 3-1-1 or (413) 736-3111.