What is an appraisal and why does the City of West Fargo do it?

An appraisal is an estimate of the price that most people would likely pay for your house in its present condition. The average appraisal will take 15 to 20 minutes and will involve an outdoor and indoor inspection. Your annual property tax is based on this estimate of value. 

The Assessor places a value, or appraises, all property in the city. These valuations determine the distribution of the property tax burden, not the total amount of taxes paid in the city. The determining factor of whether your taxes will increase or decrease is how the current assessed valuation relates to today's market value. The city conducts periodic reappraisals to assure that changes affecting market value are reflected in your assessed value. Any changes that occur from this reappraisal will not take affect until the tax bill you receive the following December.

To find your appraisal, visit the Assessor's Property Information Search site. You can find additional information on the Assessor's site.

Show All Answers

1. How do I request City water or sewer services to be installed at my property?
2. What should I do if I have a drainage problem in my backyard?
3. Where is the City Engineer located?
4. What is a Renaissance Zone?
5. What is an appraisal and why does the City of West Fargo do it?
6. When do I need a building permit?
7. Why do I need a building permit?
8. How do I apply for a building permit?
9. Are permits required for swimming pools?
10. How do I find out how big of a shed/garage I can build on my property?
11. Do I need a permit to install, replace or make addition to HVAC equipment?
12. Am I able to install my own HVAC equipment?
13. How can I find out if I am located in the flood plain?
14. Are there informational guidelines available for various types of construction/remodeling projects?
15. Who inspects the work?
16. What information should I provide when applying for a permit?
17. Can I supply my own drawings for a building permit?
18. How long does it take to get a building permit?
19. Is there a charge for a building permit?
20. How can I get more information?