50% of objectons to property valuations justified
Half of all the objections to the property values established by the council are justified, according to the National Ombudsman on Nieuwsuur Radio on Monday. He pointed out, however, that objections procedures are costly.
Homeowners must pay taxes annually which are calculated on the basis of the value of their house. The council sets these WOZ-values, but objections can be made to these valuations.
According to the National Ombudsman the valuations made by the council are often too high. 50 percent of people who object are vindicated.
The National Ombudsman believes the method of valuation is not transparent, and that objections lead to large amounts of costly paperwork. “People should not object to every five thousand euros.”