City Council members, presented with the new tax digest at Tuesday’s workshop session at City Hall, expressed their concerns about the volume of property value appeals filed by residents — several thousand to date.
“I think [tax authorities] are starting to get a handle on it. … The backlog is not as large as it had been,” said District 2 Councilwoman Dianne Fries.
Credit residents’ increased utilization of the online appeals method for that, she added.
Due to slow growth in the housing market, property taxes are anticipated to be lower than the current fiscal year’s collections. The soon-to-be expiring budget tops $178 million.
Officials anticipate holding a final hearing and adopting the city’s fiscal 2014 budget June 18.