For some senior citizens and people with disabilities it might be physically challenging to assess their property. That's why the Washington County Assessor's Office will begin a new service to reach those people who need extra help by setting up four temporary offices in the county.
"What I see sitting in this office a lot of times are people who are coming through our doors on walkers or having difficulty getting assistance by other individuals to be able to come into the office and do these things,” Washington County Assessor Jeff Williams said.
“When I saw that I thought there has to be a better way we could do that."
People can assess property by phone, in person and in 2011 the Assessor began an online option to make the process easier and faster.
"Last year we had a goal of 1,500 people. This year we hoped 2,500 people would assess online and we just passed the 4,000 mark this year," Williams said.
To continue expanding its services, starting Monday may 14th they will have four locations in senior centers and nursing homes.
- Monday: Springdale Senior Center on Powell Street.
- Tuesday: Farmington Senior Community Center
- Wednesday- Butterfield Trail Village on Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville
- Thursday- The Gardens at Arkanshire Senior Community in Springdale
The temporary offices are in addition to the permanent assessment offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Lincoln.
"It's a little better to put a couple of my employees out and doing this process than to put out hundreds or thousands of citizens of Washington County to come here," Williams said.
Next year, the Assessor’s Office is expected to expand its services by setting up temporary offices in corporations and shopping centers.
The deadline to assess property is May 31st. If late, there’s 10% penalty.