Assessment firm insists it’s not running a scam

February 10, 2012 by  

The property tax assessment firm ValueAppeal is a legitimate business despite warnings to the contrary, according to the Seattle-based company. The Middletown tax assessor’s office says local homeowners should ignore flyer printing solicitations used by ValueAppeal that offer to correct over-assessments of property taxes for a one-time fee $100 fee.

The mailings claim that county tax authorities may have made a mistake during recent property assessments. The flyer goes on to state that the error could end up costing a property owner $1,800 more than they actually owe. The assessment information contained in the mailer is inaccurate and in no way reflect the properties true assessment, city tax assessor Damon Braasch said in a press released.

Mark Peterson, a spokesman for ValueAppeal, said the company is operating a legitimate business that’s helped countless homeowners reduce their property taxes. The Better Business Bureau has given ValueAppeal a favorable rating, Peterson added.

ValueAppeal says it’s managed to lower property taxes 80 percent of time compared to a 40 percent success rate when homeowners file property tax appeals on their own, according to Peterson. Despite the impressive statistics provided by the company, the city tax assessor encourages Middletown citizens who receive the mailer to ignore it and not send any money.

Homeowners with questions or concerns about the assessed value of their property are advised to get in touch the Assessor’s Office. Individual property information is available 24 hours a day at http://middletown.univers-clt.com or by stopping into the Assessor’s Office during regular business hours.

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