Yes! I recently worked on a sale that involved a property that had faulty tax information in the system from the 1980's. We tried to work with the assessor's office, which will usually institute a fix if they find an error (option 1). But we got bogged down in bureaucracy that would have taken a year to wade through - and would have killed our sale. We scheduled a quick hearing with a judge ("quick" means within 2 weeks). He studied the error, determined it was indeed an error, and issued an order to the assessor's office requiring them to fix it immediately (option 2).
The court hearing is obviously more expensive than just asking the assessor's office to make a fix, but it's an option.... more
An escape assessment is the increased amount in real property valuation over the regular assessed valuation from a delayed reappraisal of the property and/or an erroneously applied homeowner's exemption valuation reduction. A secured property escape tax bill retroactively taxes the increased amount of valuation over the regular tax bill. In other words your property was reappraised for property tax purposes probably prior to your purchase, but due to legal rangling wans't able to be enforced until a year of so later.... more