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42-16254. Notice of claim; response; petition for review; appeal
A. If a taxpayer believes that the taxpayer's property has been assessed improperly as a result of a property tax error, the taxpayer shall file a notice of claim with the appropriate tax officer, either personally or by certified mail, as follows:
1. If the alleged error concerns the valuation or classification of property by the county assessor, the notice shall be filed with the assessor. On receiving the notice, the assessor shall immediately transmit a copy to the department.
2. If the alleged error concerns the valuation or classification of property by the department, the notice shall be filed with the department.
3. If the alleged error concerns the imposition of any tax rate, the notice shall be filed with the county board of supervisors. The clerk of the board of supervisors shall notify each affected taxing entity to allow the entity to file a response to the claim.
B. The notice shall:
1. Be in a form prescribed by the department.
2. Clearly identify the subject property by tax parcel number or tax roll number and the year or years for which the correction is proposed.
3. State the claim and the evidence to support the claim for correcting the alleged error.
C. Within sixty days after receiving a notice of claim, the tax officer may file a written response to the taxpayer to either consent to or dispute the error and to state the grounds for disputing the error. A failure to file a written response within sixty days constitutes consent to the error, and the board of supervisors shall direct the county treasurer to correct the tax roll on the taxpayer's written demand supported by proof of the date of the notice of claim and the tax officer's failure to timely dispute the error.
D. If the tax officer disputes the error, the tax officer shall notify the taxpayer of a time and place for a meeting between a representative of the tax officer and the taxpayer or the taxpayer's representative within sixty days to discuss the basis for the dispute.
E. If, after the meeting, the parties agree on all or part of the notice of claim, the tax roll must be corrected promptly to the extent agreed on and any taxes that have been overpaid shall be refunded pursuant to section 42-16259.
F. If the parties fail to agree on all or part of the notice of claim, the taxpayer may file a petition with the board of equalization on a form prescribed by the department and shall send a copy to the tax officer by certified mail. The petition must be filed with the board within ninety days after the date of the meeting or it is barred. On receiving the petition, the board shall hold a hearing on the disputed issues in the notice of claim within thirty days and shall issue a written decision pursuant to the board's rules.
G. A party that is dissatisfied with the decision of the board may appeal the decision to court within sixty days after the date the board's decision is mailed, but any additional taxes that are determined to be due must be timely paid before delinquency for the court to retain jurisdiction of the matter. In addition, in order for a taxpayer to recover a refund for taxes paid in a preceding tax year as a result of an error, all taxes that were levied and assessed against the property for the tax year must be paid before delinquency in order for the court to retain jurisdiction of the matter.