• Carmen Marie Fabio

Hudson property owners can meet with evaluators to contest assessments

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The Town of Hudson is advising its residents that anyone wishing to contest their current property valuations can meet with an evaluator to review their current assessment.

“On March 8, the town will have evaluator meet privately with residents for those questioning their valuations,” said Culture and Tourism Director Nicolas Pedneault on behalf of Treasurer Serge Raymond. “Anyone who wants to meet with an evaluator will have to make an appointment beforehand.”

Documentation issued by the town describes the municipal assessment roll as a summary of all properties, including buildings and land, within the territory of Hudson.

The real or market value is an approximate commercial value on a ‘free and open market.’ The assessment roll is described as the basis on which the town’s fiscal burden is shared by all taxpayers.

As reported in Your Local Journal February 18, a number of residents questioned the current triennial increases that, in some cases, boosted valuations by 40 per cent.

“The appointments are for people who have questions about their valuations, or want to contest them,” said Pedneault.

The evaluation by the assessment firm of Les Estimateurs Professionnels Leroux, Beaudry, Picard & Associés inc. will be in place for the next three fiscal years and the town says that unless changes are made to your property, the valuation will not change for the three-year period. It also states a rise in taxable values usually reflect an increase in market values at the time the new assessment roll is created or a new construction in the town.

Anyone wishing to meet with an evaluator should first determine if their property’s municipal value is indeed the market value. If so, an appointment with the evaluator is not warranted.

Those wishing to meet with an evaluator on an individual basis should call (450) 458-5347, ext. 231. Meetings will take place Tuesday, March 8, at Hudson’s Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road.

The communiqué issued by the Town of Hudson further states, “Following receipt of your notice of property assessment or notice of alteration, you have up to April 30, 2016 to request a review of the assessment roll. To contest the value shown in the roll, you must complete a form and return it to the MRC at 420, avenue Saint-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Qc J7V 2N1. Administrative fees are charged for reopening your file.

Your application will be reviewed by the assessor who drew up Hudson’s assessment roll. The assessor will inform you in writing of his or her conclusion: either to propose a change to the assessment roll, or to maintain the status quo.”

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