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Assessor’s Office soon to start canvassing

July 22, 2020 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau Assessor’s Office conducts inspections of various taxable properties within the borough between April and October every year. With about 12,000 taxable parcels throughout Juneau, the Assessor’s Office divides the borough into neighborhoods, which are inspected every five years. From now until October, the Assessor’s Office will be inspecting Lemon Creek, Central Valley, West Valley, Southeast Valley, South Valley, North Douglas, and West Juneau, as well as Creek Side, Spruce Wood, Channel View and Kodzoff mobile home parks.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, canvassing will be conducted differently this year. CBJ appraisers will conduct inspections from the curb, driveway, or, if feasible, from inside marked vehicles in order to protect staff and residents. If action is needed outside of the car, appraisers will wear personal protective equipment.

The canvass process involves an exterior inspection of a property, including taking photos from various angles, verifying measurements, and examining the property’s condition in order to provide a value for tax purposes. If you have questions regarding the identity of Assessor’s Office staff, please request to see their Assessor’s Office identification.

State law (AS 29.45.150) requires that all taxable properties within a municipality are systematically reviewed and updated by the assessor. In 1993, the Juneau Assembly passed a resolution establishing a five-year cycle of reevaluation.

For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 586-5220.