A countywide re-appraisal cycle is being completed this year and will be turned over to the state next month. Assessor of Property Gail Wren told county commissioners Monday that the six-year cycle of re-examining property values across the county has finished and her office will now prepare to begin a new cycle. The mass re-appraisal covers every area of the county and establishes whether properties’ values have gone up or down. Once the countywide study is completed and turned in, the state them determines the county’s certified tax rate for the next fiscal year’s budget. “What that means is that the state, once our values are determined, the state will set a certified tax rate to bring in the same amount of dollars as it did last year,” Wren said. The county will have to start the budget process with the same total amount of dollars generated by property taxes as its current $2.85 rate. If overall property values have gone up, the tax rate will decrease. If property values have dropped, the tax rate will increase to generate the same amount of money. Mayor Bob Rial said the certified rate will affect each property owner differently, but the dollars generated overall will be the same. If the county needs more total dollars for the new budget, then it has to justify increasing the certified tax rate. Wren told commissioners she hopes to have a preliminary certified rate by the end of the month but the official figure won’t be released until June after the Board of Equalization has concluded its appeals hearings. The assessor’s office now begins preparing for the next re-appraisal cycle that reviews the market and sales records to determine changes in property values.