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Lancaster County's 2018 preliminary real residential property values are available on the assessor's website. 

While there was no overall revaluation of residential properties this year as there was in 2017, values may have changed based on improvements homeowners have made.

Homeowners concerned about the value assigned to their properties can schedule a meeting with staff at the assessor's office Jan. 22 to March 1 to argue for a change before figures are finalized.

These informal meetings, required by state law, are an opportunity to correct errors or let owners make a case for adjusting values, according to Rob Ogden, chief field deputy for the assessor's office.

"We encourage you to come talk to us now if you have concerns as opposed to waiting to protest in June," Ogden said. He said the office can explain how property values were determined and can correct errors.

He also encouraged property owners whose value is unchanged to schedule an informal meeting if they have questions.

Formal protests are made later in the year to the County Board of Equalization, and that decision can be appealed to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. 

The referees who hear formal protests are independent appraisers who can't explain the actions of the assessor's office, Ogden said. They will gather information from the homeowner and assessor. 

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On or before June 1, final valuation notices will be mailed to real property owners whose real property value has changed.

While residential properties were not revalued this past year, all commercial class property was reviewed, Ogden said.

To view assessments, go to Lancaster.ne.gov and do a keyword search for “AssessorValue.”

Schedule meetings by calling 402-441-7463 or by going to the website, selecting your property and clicking on "Appeal." Hearings for multiple properties must be scheduled by phone. People who don't have web access can call the office to check their values. 

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Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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