The Douglas County assessor’s staff will be holding informal meetings through February with individual taxpayers who want to question preliminary property appraisals received earlier this month.

Taxpayers have until Monday to call 402-444-6734 to make an appointment for a face-to-face meeting.

Calls that come in after that Monday deadline might still get their cases reviewed by staff but not necessarily during a personal meeting, said Diane Battiato, the Douglas County assessor and register of deeds.

There is no cost for the informational sessions.

“It’s a meeting of the minds,” said Battiato, an opportunity for property owners to present any information that will lead to a fair property valuation.

The informal dispute process, outlined in a state law that went into effect two years ago, is intended to reduce the number of formal protests later in the year, after final valuations are set.

This year’s preliminary informal meetings began earlier this month. In 2014, the assessor’s staff reviewed 829 parcels. Last year, it was 789.

“The goal here is to make sure we have the correct information about your property so our valuations are as accurate as they can be,” Battiato said.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1224, cindy.gonzalez@owh.com

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