Letter to the editor: Summit County’s property tax appeal process is a joke

Carla Beal

Summit County’s process for appealing property tax notices of determination is a joke.

Summit County does not give property owners adequate time to appeal property tax notice of determinations. The Notice of Determination I received was printed on June 30. It was right before a weekend and a federal holiday, meaning that the soonest it could make it to a petitioner was July 5 or after. The County required that appeals be postmarked by July 17, giving petitioners at most a week and a half to appeal. By the time I received my Notice of Determination, the July 17 deadline had already passed.

Surely this does not constitute as due process.

This is inconsistent with how other counties handle appeals, many of which give petitioners 30 days from the date of the letter to appeal. Summit County should change its process and reopen the appeals process.

Others who have also encountered this injustice should express their perspective to the Board of Equalization at 970-453-3414.

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