FARMINGTON — Davis County government leaders expected a lot of appeals this year, but not this many.

About 5,000 property values are expected to be appealed in Davis County this year, up from about 2,600 a year ago.

Leading up to this past Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, property owners lined up in the hallway near the Board of Equalization office to submit their appeals.

Among them was Layton resident Bethany Tuia, who had moved this year into a new home for which she had already received a private appraisal.

The county's valuation for the home was about $13,000 higher than the private appraiser had set.

If the county's appraisers agree with the value Tuia's appraiser had set, she likely will receive a refund some time next year.

"We are not overly concerned about the number of appeals this year," said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings. "Thank goodness the commissioners appropriated additional funds to work appeals this year." Following the 2007 appeal season, it took the county until spring to process all the appeals.

Davis Assessor James Ivie said he hopes to take care of appeals much sooner this year by hiring some extra help.

Ivie said he expected more appeals this year, because just 25 percent of Davis County was brought up to market value in 2007. The rest of the county was brought up to market value this year.

Most complaints about value seem to come from Layton and Centerville.

But 2009 should be a different story, he said.

"There will always be appeals," he said. "If it works the way it should, we shouldn't have so many problems."

Kaysville resident Bette Scott made sure to appeal some Layton property she owns. It's a half-acre of bare ground near downtown Layton with no sewer, power or gas. So she wonders how the county could appraise her property for $124,000, when it was $30,000 last year.

Scott sought out a realtor to run some sales prices on comparable properties, but the realtor couldn't find any.

The closest properties were a piece of property more than twice as large as Scott's with full utilities for $145,000, and another parcel three times the size for $300,000.

Scott hopes the county will see her property isn't worth the $124,000 the county appraised it for, because it's smaller and doesn't have the amenities the other properties have.

Already, the county's Board of Equalization, made up of Davis County Commissioners, has approved 198 appeals and has denied seven.

More are expected to be considered each Tuesday through the end of the year.

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