Residential and rural properties are appraised under a mass appraisal system that conforms to State laws and Administrative Rules. Values-based on market sales are established for each property, as well as a reduced Measure 50 (M50) value. That value, called the Maximum Assessed Value (MAV), is the 1995 to 1996 tax year value less than 10%. That value may not increase by more than 3% each year.
Market-Related Cost Approach
Residential and rural properties are appraised using a market-related cost approach. Sales of properties within a given market area, or an area of similar properties, are compiled and analyzed to develop the data used to appraise all similar properties within that given area. Once these values are established, they are monitored yearly using sales that occur within these areas by comparing those sales prices to their Real Market Value (RMV). If the average property sales price is higher than the RMV, the properties in that area are adjusted to reflect the change in the market.