What happens at a hearing?
The hearing is informal. It allows the taxpayer an opportunity to give oral testimony in support of their opinion of value. The taxpayer does not need to be present; their petition will be reviewed. Remember, the Assessor is, by law, presumed to be correct. The burden of proof is on the taxpayer to present clear, cogent and convincing evidence to support a different market value.

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1. What is the deadline for filing?
2. How can citizens appeal the assessed value of their property to the Cowlitz County Board of Equalization?
3. Who May File an Appeal?
4. Should property owners contact the Assessor's Office?
5. When Do Property Owners Receive a Change of Value Notice?
6. Where are Valuation Notices Mailed to?
7. What is a Complete Petition
8. How does the Assessor value property?
9. What happens at a hearing?
10. When will the property owner receive a decision from the Board?
11. What if a property owner is not satisfied with the Board of Equalization's decision?
12. What happens if a citizen does not file an appeal in a timely manner?
13. Should property owners wait until after their hearing to pay their property taxes?