The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assessment Office has begun the reappraisal of residential properties located within the boundaries of the City of Ketchikan. On-site inspections are being done to ensure the accuracy of the Assessor’s records.
In early April, Borough Assessment staff will start at the far end of the area within the City of Ketchikan near mile 5 of North Tongass Highway (old Ward Cove Cannery) and work easterly to the downtown tunnel. This review is expected to last through the end of August. Properties located on Gravina and in the Unuk River area will be reviewed as well. Each year, a different portion of the borough will be visited, with the entire borough slated to be re-inspected on a 4-year cycle.
Assessment Office staff will begin the review of each home by knocking on the door to introduce themselves. If no one is home at the time of the visit, Assessment Office staff will complete an exterior inspection of the property and leave a card with a contact telephone number in case the homeowner has questions.
It is the Assessor’s responsibility to maintain an accurate record of all taxable properties located in the borough. The public’s cooperation and assistance during the review will be greatly appreciated.Responsibilities
The Department of Assessment is charged with discovering, valuing, and maintaining accurate records of all taxable real property within the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and personal property within the corporate boundaries of the City of Ketchikan in order to provide a fair and equitable basis for property taxation.
The department is required by state law to make an independent estimate of “full and true value” each year as of the annual assessment lien date of January 1. To accomplish this, physical inventories of property characteristics are gathered and maintained for valuation purposes.
The department also administers property tax exemption programs as authorized by Alaska State Statute and Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code.
The Department of Assessment is a reliable source of information regarding valuation, ownership, and property description. Public information regarding assessed values and other assessment data is available to "walk-in" customers at our office and online.