West Virginia State Tax Department has mailed questionnaires to property owners in Wyoming County as part of its continuing Property Tax Equalization Study. Field visits began July 27.

The Wyoming County effort is part of the statewide study’s third, and final, year.

Independent appraisers with CAMA Resources and Technologies will be reviewing property assessments on behalf of the state of West Virginia.

These appraisers will have identification cards designating them as state contractors.

In addition, their vehicles are registered with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and the county assessor’s office.

To validate property sales occurring between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, appraisers are calling and sending questionnaires to buyers, sellers, and others with knowledge of the sales.

“We are asking them to answer questions as accurately and completely as possible,” said Craig A. Griffith, state tax commissioner.

“The study’s purpose is to evaluate the quality of property assessments throughout the state, and we are counting on property owners to help us affirm, and potentially strengthen, property values.”

The state Tax Department has instructed appraisers not to ask for personal or sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers.

Appraisers are covering 12 counties this year, after completing assessments in 43 counties in 2009 and 2010.

Work has yet to begin in Kanawha, Summers, and Wayne counties.

For more information about the Property Tax Equalization Study, property owners should contact the State Tax Department at 304-558-3940.

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