Concerning property taxes, what will I be required to pay on my new home?

Property taxes are based upon the total value of the property, land and buildings, on January 2 the year prior to the tax payable year. In other words, taxes payable in 2013 are based on the county-assessed value of the property on January 2, 2012. If at that time, the property was a vacant lot, you pay taxes on only the vacant lot. If construction on the home began before January 2, a county appraiser will estimate the value of what is completed on January 2. If construction is not complete, the property taxes will be based on a partial value for one year.

If your new home in Woodbury will be your primary residence, apply for residential homestead status after closing on your property. Residential homestead is one of many state-legislated property tax classes. It may result in a reduced property tax bill for an owner-occupied property. You can apply for residential homestead status at the Washington County Service Center located at 2150 Radio Drive.

For property-specific information, please visit the Washington County Property Information page.

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1. There is a vacant property near the home I am considering purchasing. What will be there?
2. How do I know which school my children will attend?
3. There are private covenants within my development. What are these and who enforces them?
4. Will parks and trails be developed near the home I am considering purchasing?
5. Does the city provide a warranty for work done by builders and developers?
6. Who owns easements and what purpose do they serve? Who can help me?
7. Concerning property taxes, what will I be required to pay on my new home?
8. How do I know if the streets are private and what does that mean to the home owner?
9. The lot I am looking at is adjacent to a pond. Will it remain that way?
10. Once my home is built, is it safe to assume that the way the area looks today will remain that way?