Departments Assessment



1. Why has my value gone up?

Property values are based on market values which fluctuate with general economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, and supply and demand. By North Dakota state law, as property values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected in the assessor’s estimated market values.

2. How does the assessor determine the estimated market value?

It is based on an assessment date of February 1st of each year. The City of Jamestown Assessor’s office uses a mass appraisal process for estimating market values. This system involves the comparison of properties with actual market sales from similar type properties. Cost analysis is used to determine square foot values which are applied to similar type properties. To support these values, the comparables sales approach is also used. Different types of property may show different value changes.

3. Does the estimated market value increase at the same rate on all properties?

No, it does not. There are differences between individual properties and between neighborhoods. In one area the sales may indicate a large increase in value in a given year. In another neighborhood there may be very little or no change in value. Different types of property within the same neighborhood may show different value changes. There are numerous factors to be considered in each property, which will cause value changes to differ.

4. Can the estimated market value change even if the assessor has not been inside my property?

Yes. The assessor keeps records on the physical characteristics of each property in the City. Even though the assessor may have been unable to go through your property, the estimated market value will still be reviewed based on existing records and sales of similar property.

5. What will happen to my estimated market value if I improve my property?

Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessor’s estimated market value. The following are typical improvements that will increase the estimated market value of your property:

  • Added rooms or garages
  • Updating kitchens and bathrooms
  • Porches and decks
  • Fireplaces
  • Extensive remodeling

6. Will my value go up if I repair my property?

Good maintenance will help retain the market value of your property. Generally, your estimated market value will not be increased for individual minor repairs such as those that follow. However, a combination of several of these items could result in an increase in your estimated market value.

  • Repairing or replacing the roof
  • Repairing original siding
  • Painting/decorating entire house
  • Replacing plumbing or electrical fixtures
  • Replacing most or all the windows
  • Replacing outdated basement finish with modern finish

7. What can I do if I think the estimated market value is too high?

You have the right to appeal the estimated market value. Contact the assessor.

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102 3rd Ave SE
Jamestown, ND 58401

Phone: (701) 252-5900
Fax: (701) 252-5903

City Assessor - Jamison Veil