Dean Pearson, Director
PHONE: (701) 523-3129
FAX: (701) 523-5443
104 1st Street NW, Suite #4
Bowman, ND 58623
Monday -Thursday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm MT
Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)
The function of the Equalization Office is to annually value all taxable property in Bowman County at its full and true value. This function is necessary because in North Dakota, market value is the basis for distributing the dollars spent for local government services such as roads, law enforcement, education, etc. The Equalization office is responsible for determining the taxable valuations of all parcels and for the administration of various tax programs.
Property Assesment Tool
The property tax is an ad valorem tax, that is, a tax based upon value. It’s the primary means by which local government pays for services it provides, such as police and fire protection, schools, roads, parks, courts, etc. It involves two separate functions, the assessment function and the budget function. After these functions are completed, the county auditor calculates the appropriate mill rate and that rate is applied to each taxable property to determine the property tax.
The assessor is responsible for discovering, listing and valuing all taxable property. All real property is subject to taxation, unless expressly exempted by law. All property is valued according to its value on February 1st of each year. All real property is valued at True and Full Value. For residential and commercial property, this equals market value. For agricultural value, it equals its productivity value as defined by North Dakota statute.
The assessor must notify property owners when the valuation increases more than 10% of True and Full Value and $3000 or more. In April of each year, the assessor’s assessments are reviewed by the City and Township Boards of Equalization. Within the first ten (10) days of June, the county reviews the assessments of cities and townships. During August of each year, the State Board of Equalization reviews the assessments as finalized by the various counties.
The assessor, by the fair and accurate valuation of property, ensures that everyone shares equitably in the total burden of property taxation.
New or expanding business projects may be granted an exemption for up to five years. Please contact the Bowman County Director of Equalization Office for additional information.
Certain new single family residences may be exempt up to $150,000 in value for two years if approved by the respective City or County Commission. Please contact the Bowman County Director of Equalization Office for additional information.
Homes owned and occupied by persons who are blind, disabled, or meet certain Veterans requirements may be eligible for exemption.
Charitable, religious, and certain non-profit organization property may be entitled to exemption. Please contact the Bowman County Director of Equalization Office for additional information.
Farm structures are generally exempt. Farm residences occupied by bona fide farmers are also exempt, subject to additional tests.
Appealing Your Assessment
If you feel that your property assessment is excessive and does not represent the True and Full value, You should contact your assessor immediately and ask that your assessment be reviewed.
If you and the assessor cannot agree on a proper assessment, then you may appeal in two different manners. If the current year valuation is at issue, then you may appeal by attending the various equalization meetings. In order to be heard before the State Board of Equalization, you must have appeared before the Local and County Boards of Equalization.
You may also file an Abatement Application on your property for current and previous years relief. You must file by November 1st of the year following the year the tax becomes delinquent. In other words, you must file by November 1st, 2013 to file for the 2011 assessment. Additional information on the program is also available through the link to the State Tax Commissioner's Office
In either case, the burden of proof falls upon the applicant to show that the valuation is incorrect. Therefore, the applicant would need to present information showing that the assessment is not correct.
Homestead Credit Program
Homeowners who are 65 years of age or older or who are permanently and totally disabled may be entitled to a property tax credit. Qualifications include an annual income less medical expenses of $26,000 or less (including Social Security and pensions) and assets of $75,000 or less (excluding the first $100,000 value of the homestead). The applicant may receive a credit up to $4,500 in taxable value of the homestead.
For additional information and applications, please contact the Bowman County Director of Equalization Office.
Renters may also be entitled to a rent refund under this program. Renters apply to the Office of State Tax Commissioner for this refund. Additional information on the program is also available through the link to the State Tax Commissioners Office
Please complete and print a copy of the appropriate applications below and bring into the Bowman County Director of Equalization Office when applying for an exemption or rebate:
North Dakota State Tax Department