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Thousands of east Louisville residents to face higher property taxes after recent assessment

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The surprise in the mail that comes every four years has many east end residents furious.

“I said to myself, ‘this can't be.’ There's got to be a mistake,” Dennis Ruhl said. “It's a nice house. I'm not opposed to paying appropriate taxes. But that is almost $85,000 more than what it was last assessed.”

Ruhl said his extremely high assessment will mean higher property taxes, which could cause him and his wife to struggle financially.

“The taxes keep increasing and increasing and increasing, and what can a person do?”

Jefferson County's Property Valuation Administration reassesses homes every four years.

This year, it assessed 88,000 east end properties between Jeffersontown and Prospect.

The value for 67,000 properties increased and 21,000 decreased.

“I think people are unhappy because they feel like it's going to be more of a financial burden through the tax base,” said Colleen Younger, Chief of Staff for the Jefferson County PVA. “The PVA has nothing to do with the tax base. We are strictly concerned with property values.”

The administration assesses homes through a mass appraisal system.

Staff members drive through neighborhoods, canvass the area and document their findings. They also use computer data to measure and determine property assessments.

“It seems like they’re using the Google style. Let's just drive the neighborhood, take a quick picture of it, go back and say it's worth this much. I don't understand their calculations,” Ruhl said. 

“I found out my next door neighbor was only going up slightly over 30,000, so why is mine going up over 80,000? It's in the same neighborhood, same block, and the same contractor built them.

Younger agrees that the difference seems unfair, but said Ruhl’s home may have been under-assessed for a couple of years.

“We are the are the largest county in the Commonwealth. We have some 300,000 properties, and we only have a staff of 60 due to some budgetary constraints. We do the very best we can with what we can,” Younger said.

“I want them to find a system that's fair and make sure that we as residents of Jefferson County know what they’re doing, when they’re doing it and why they’re doing it,” Ruhl said.

If you’d like to contest your recent property assessment, click here.

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