Wyo. property tax reform discussed

Cody, Wyo. – A group of citizens in northern Wyoming is leading an effort to open property sales records in county assessor offices.

Wyoming law doesn't allow homeowners to review the sale prices of all the homes in a particular subdivision when appealing a property assessment.

A group called Taxpayer Advocates for Sheridan County wants to change the state law so homeowners can review all the sales records to get a better idea themselves of the value of their own homes.

A similar group has been set up in Johnson County and another is forming in Park County. Plans are to form chapters in Teton, Fremont and Sublette counties.

If they fail to get the law changed, organizers vow to start a ballot initiative.

Park County Assessor Doug Brandt says Wyoming assessors have long advocated open disclosure but have been stymied in the Legislature.