The Assessor’s Office recently made its GIS aerial photography available online. This service is free to the public and allows the user to print the map(s) of their choice. The link to the site is available below. Please remember that the site is still a work in progress and should be used only as a reference tool.

   The Assessor’s Office follows normal Courthouse operating hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is also open during normal lunch hours. Assistance is readily available by visit or by calling (573) 774-4717, Fax (573) 774-4722 or email: assessor@pulcoassessor.com

How Is Your Real Estate Assessment Determined?

   Assessment is the process of placing value on a property for the purpose of property taxation. The first equalized assessment values were placed on the county tax rolls in 1985. Reassessment has occurred every two years since then, if needed, and is an update of all real property assessments in the county. The last substantial reassessment in Pulaski County was in 2007. The purpose of reassessment is to equalize values among taxpayers and to adjust values to current market conditions.

   The assessment date in Missouri is January 1st. Reassessment values are placed on the county tax rolls in the odd numbered year. This value is used for a minimum of two years. However, new construction and improvements to existing properties are assessed yearly.

   After an appraised value has been determined for a property, a percentage of that value is calculated to arrive at the assessed value. The percentage of the property value to be used is determined by the classification or use of the property. There are four classes of real property: Residential (19%), Agricultural (12%), Commercial (32%), and Other (32%). For example – A residential property appraised at $100,000 would have an assessed value of $19,000. ($100,000 X 19% = $19,000)

How Is The Property Tax Amount Determined?

   Taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a property by the combined tax levy for that particular property. The total amount of the levy is arrived at by adding together each individual levy for each individual tax entity that levies a tax on that particular property.

   For example – In 2013, a $100,000 home in the Waynesville R-6 School District (outside city limits), would have produced a $710.58 tax liability. This was determined by taking $100,000 X 19% = $19,000. The assessed value of $19,000 is multiplied by the combined levy of $3.7399 (per hundred). $19,000 X .037399 = $710.58.

Daniel Whittle

Assessor

Pulaski County, MO