Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg
Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg

Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Assessor’s Office mailed the 2013 Notice of Values on April 18. The Notice of Value gives the taxpayer the market value of their property as well as their estimated taxes for 2013. The actual taxes are set in August by the Fremont County Commission. Taxpayers need to read their notice carefully. It is imperative to call the Assessor’s office with any questions or concerns within 30 days from the date on the notice.

Property taxation in Wyoming is based on market value. To calculate the market value of the property, appraisers from the assessor’s office gather physical characteristics such as year built, construction type, size, etc. of individual properties. Those characteristics are entered into the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal System and a replacement cost new less depreciated value is then calculated. This cost value is then compared to sale prices. Once that comparison is done, all properties in an area are adjusted to market value. The current year valuation is based on sales information from the previous year.

The number of residential improved sales increased in 2012 while the vacant land sales saw a decrease. There were 356 valid residential improved sales in 2012; 302 in 2011 and 317 in 2010. The number of valid vacant land sales in 2012 was 28; 33 in 2011 and 47 in 2010.

Changes in property values vary depending on the area the property is located and the sales in that particular area.

  • Agricultural land value will increase this year. The Wyoming Department of Revenue uses the price of hay and the capitalization rate established by Farm Credit Services to calculate the productive value of the land.
  • Some areas will see changes based on a reappraisal by our office. Some of these include properties lying west and east of Dubois (Painted Hills Subdivisions/Upper Little Warms Springs Subdivision/ Stoney Point Subdivision/Mustang Meadows); Parcels on the River in Dubois, Rural Riverton areas including those north of Riverton and Riverview Road; Lander areas including Mortimore Lane to Sinks Canyon, Squaw Creek/Baldwin Creek; as well as some areas within city limits of Lander and Riverton. Wyoming Department of Revenue Rules requires properties to be physically inspected by our office once every six years. If there have been any physical characteristic changes to a property since our last inspection our records will be updated to include those.
  • Some homes will see an increase based on the type of construction of the home. The State of Wyoming uses a nationally known costing system called Marshall and Swift; which conducts yearly nation-wide studies regarding the cost of construction.
  • Some areas will see an increase based on sales data.

The Fremont County Assessor’s office wants to remind veterans, or widow(ers) of veterans, that it is time to renew the exemption for the 2013 tax year. An honorably discharged veteran who served during a specified period of active conflict and who has been a Wyoming resident for the last three (3) years may qualify. Disabled veterans who meet the residency requirement may also qualify. Any veteran who is not registered for the program can bring their discharge papers (i.e. DD214 form) for review to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements. Any eligible veteran who is already registered in the office can call 332-1188 or 1-800-967-2297 to renew their exemption.  The deadline is the fourth Monday in May.

–Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg