Property taxes are used to fund all sorts of local government activity. They are also a major point of concern for homeowners. The property tax system is designed to do two things: keep the money flowing to the government on a timely, regular schedule and discourage contested proceedings.
Unfortunately, these legitimate goals often have negative consequences for homeowners. While small discrepencies may be resolved simply with a phone call to the relevant governmental office, major or recurring issues can be extremely complex and costly. Further, the property tax appeal system implements strict procedural requirements and a very narrow perspective. Available relief is limited; systemic issues are often overlooked.
If you facing a significant or reoccuring property tax issue, you should seek the assistance of an attorney.