The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 13, 2014

GCAO to begin visits to rural communities for assessments

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield County Assessor’s Office staff members will begin their annual visits to rural communities today to take assessments and meet with taxpayers.

Assessor Wade Patterson said by state law, assessors must go to rural communities and take assessments. It also gives them the opportunity to go out into the county and talk to people in the small communities.

“They can do a multitude of things,” he said. “They can turn in their agriculture personal property assessments, mobile home assessments or business personal property assessments. They can file for homestead exemption, double homestead exemption or senior evaluation freeze.”

This year is important for the farming community because the majority of Agricultural Exemption Cards expire June 30.  

“Anyone needing to reapply for their card can do so when they file their renditions” Patterson said.

“With the exceptions of the agricultural exemption application or homestead exemptions, they don’t necessarily have to visit us in person,” he said. “They can fill out the forms we mailed to them, sign it and mail it back. Some people just don’t have time to come to the office or meet us in the rural setting.”

While talking with the assessor and his staff, residents also may ask questions about evaluations, which are due in the assessor’s office by March 15.

Patterson said there would be one staff member in each location for at least part of the day.

The schedule is:

• Today, Bison, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bison Co-op, 758-3694.

• Wednesday, Carrier, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Carrier Mill/Elevator, 855-2200 .

• Wednesday, Douglas, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Farmers Co-op, 862-7222.

• Wednesday, Hillsdale, 1-3:30 p.m., Hillsdale Christian School, 635-2211.

• Wednesday, Fairmont, 1-3:30 p.m., Fairmont Co-op, 358-2529.

• Thursday, Covington, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Covington City Hall, 864-7428.

• Thursday, Garber, 1-3:30 p.m.: Garber City Hall, 863-2254.

• Thursday, Kremlin, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Kremlin-Hillsdale High School library, 874-2281.

• Thursday, Hunter, 1-3:30 p.m.: senior citizens building.

• Friday, Drummond, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Drummond Co-op, 493-2212.

• Friday, Waukomis, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Waukomis City Hall, 758-1146.

• Friday, Lahoma, 1-3:30 p.m.: Lahoma City Hall, 796-2600.

Residents also may go to the assessor’s office at Garfield County Court House 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The phone number during business hours is 237-0220 or 548-2435  after 4:30 p.m. Questions may be sent by email to lwade@garfield countyemail.com.