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Dreaded tax valuations arrive

Spring brings many things: Gordy’s opening, mud, birds, more snow … and two mailings from the county assessor’s office. Property tax statements for 2022 are arriving in mailboxes — wrapped in official-looking county envelopes — and so are property valuations for 2023, bright yellow letters that are hard to miss.

County assessor Kyle Holmes said it’s the property valuation, or assessed value, that may seem startling to homeowners and others because the estimated market value of almost all residential and commercial properties is going up by at least 30-35 percent for 2023. That means if a home...