County protest hearings go smoothly

Scotts Bluff County Assessor Amy Ramos says a smaller number of property valuation protests this year made the protest process before the County board of Equalization shorter and a lot smoother last week. Ramos says only three days of hearings were needed rather than the normal full week or more, with 175 protests being heard, 50 of those simply satisfied by her office without a decision by the Board.

Ramos would hope that any changes would not impact the county's overall valuation, which must be certified by August 20th. Ramos says there should be an increase in the county's valuation again this year, but probably not as significant as in the last few years. Ramos says in addition to new building, percentage hikes in one commercial area and six residential neighborhoods plus increases in irrigated land will be the reasons for more certified valuation this year.

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