State law mandates that every property in the county must be viewed at least once every four years. A visual inspection plan must be submitted to the OTC showing which parcels will be viewed each year.
During a visual inspection we take new pictures of the buildings to keep our files up to date. New buildings are measured and added to the tax roll for the year following discovery.
It has always been my goal to respect the privacy of landowners during the inspection process. When owners are at the location I am always happy to explain more about the valuation process.
It may not be possible to let every owner know exactly what day their property is going to be visited, but we could certainly tell you what cycle year the property is located in.
Agriculture Soil Type and Use
Oklahoma state laws define four land uses by which all agricultures real estate must be assessed for taxation: Crop, Native Pasture, Improved Pasture, and Timber. The soil type also influences the valuation rate per acre so different pastures could easily have very different asssessed values dispite other similarities.
The homestead Exemption is a $1,000 reduction from the assessed value of a home that is the primary residence of its owner on January 1 of each year. The double homestead exemption is available for homeowners with very limited income. Other benefits are the Senior Valuation Freeze and the 100% Disabled Veterens Exemption. There are deadlines and other requirements to apply for each of these, and the Assessors Office is always willing to help you with these.
Alfalfa County is no stranger to the rises and falls of the Oklahoma oil and gas industry. The Southern part of the county is also on the presipice of great changes in the demand for wind energy. Some landowners may find that knowledgable conversations regarding the effects of this economy on our assessed values are very important.