Assessing Department

NEW FOR TAX YEAR 2020 – CYCLICAL BILLING FOR SELECTED PERSONAL PROPERTY ACCOUNTS

 

For the 2020 Tax Year Personal Property accounts totaling less than $20,000 in declared asset value will be placed upon a four-year filing cycle. If your business is selected for this cyclical billing feature requiring filing only every four years, you will NOT be sent a courtesy mailing of your Business Personal Property Assessment Declaration Statement for 2020.

 

All other accounts will still be required to file on an annual basis, subject to the non-filing fee for non-timely filing. A courtesy copy of your assets currently on file will be mailed on December 15th, 2019. Simply update this declaration with new assets purchase during the year, and remove any assets that are no longer in use by your company. If you have any questions as to the filing status of your account, please contact the Assessing Office at the contact information below.

 

You may file early if you wish by contacting the Assessing Office. Types of property which must be listed, include, but are not limited to: construction equipment, machinery, tools, office equipment, furniture, fixtures, leased goods, aircraft, and rental furnishings.

 

If you would like to receive assessing notices or updates electronically you may submit your e-mail to: assessing@cityofsitka.org. If you have not received a declaration form, you may obtain one by visiting our website at www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/assessing or by calling the Assessor’s Office at 747-1822.

 

Business property declarations will be due by 4:45 p.m. February 17, 2020.

 

Failure to file is a misdemeanor, per Alaska State Statute 29.45.140.

 

 

 

                                        Assessing News
                     Real and Personal Property Inspections

                             

State and local law require real and personal property to be regularly inspected for annual taxation purposes.  In order to meet this mandate and revalue over 4,800 properties annually the Assessing Department divides the borough into six sections for reinspection each year.

 

The Assessing Department strives to clearly communicate the current area of inspection and duties while there.  The department inspects properties year-round with a goal of inspecting at least 700 properties each year. Please note, Alaska Statute 29.45.130 grants the department legal authority to inspect real and personal property for taxation purposes, within reasonable times throughout the day. As a practice we will be inspecting properties generally from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily Monday through Friday.  Please ask for this letter of introduction if you encounter our appraisers on your property; it outlines the authority to inspect and identifies the appraiser for your security. 

 

Our standard protocol is to notify the area of inspection through public website announcements, conduct an initial knock on the door when onsite, and then proceed with an inspection unless asked to leave.  If asked to leave the property, the appraiser will value the property to the best of their ability from the street; any inaccuracies as a result are the responsibility of the owner to correct during the informal appeal period of March 15th to April 15th.  If you have questions or concerns about Assessing staff being on your property, please contact this office to discuss.

 

Current Area of Inspection

 

This year’s area of reinspection is generally the south-end of the city properties.

 

Forms and Downloads:

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Assessing process

F.A.Q.'s Brochure

Links of Interest

 

 

The Assessing department is responsible for assessing the value of all properties within the City and Borough of Sitka boundaries; and administers all State and Borough exemptions as set forth in State Statutes and Borough Code. The department also maintains property record information, which includes ownership, address, assessed value, and legal property descriptions.

 

Assessing has two primary missions:

  1. Administer a property assessment that is fair, uniform, and equitable by employing the following seven procedures:
    1. Locate and identify all taxable property within the Sitka Borough
    2. Inventory the quantity, quality and important characteristics of all taxable property
    3. Accurately estimate the market value of each taxable property
    4. Calculate the taxable value(s) for each property
    5. Timely notify the owner(s) of the assessed value
    6. Respond to inquiries regarding methods and values; governing laws and regulations
    7. Prepare and certify the official assessment roll of the entire borough
  1. Provide up-to-date information about assessment and related property matters, a service grown in importance to the community over the years.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)

Physical Location/Mailing Address

City & Borough of Sitka

Assessing Department

100 Lincoln St, Room 201

Sitka, AK 99835

 

Department e-mail address:  assessing@cityofsitka.org

Staff

Larry Reeder - Assessing Director
(907) 747-1820
larry.reeder@cityofsitka.org

Kasi L. Kinslow - Appraiser
(907) 747-1829
kasi.kinslow@cityofsitka.org

Sam Pointer - Appraisal Tech

(907) 747-1822

sam.pointer@cityofsitka.org

 

 

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