By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Swan Valley CC critiques appraisals, forms committee


August 3, 2023

The Swan Valley Community Council made the main topic of its July 18 meeting about recent home appraisals, focusing on what people should do with steep tax increases for property around the Swan Valley.

Michelle Staples from the Montana Department of Revenue was the main speaker for the meeting, going over the basics of taxes and answering questions from area residents.

“Property taxes are an 18-month process,” Staples said. “We do a lot to assess value and make sure that it is accurate with the market.”

Staples said property is divided into the 16 different groups, but most cente...

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