An unfamiliar Jeep pulled into our driveway a few minutes ago and I went outside to investigate.
It was an appraiser contracted by the county assessor's office and he was looking for obvious discrepancies and improvements as part of his reappraisal work.
It turns out that we have been paying property tax based on an erroneous estimate of chain link fence in our back yard. The county thinks we have about 2,300 feet of fence when we actually have only one-tenth that much. He didn't know how much of a difference this will make in our property tax bill.
And he suggested I call the assessor's office to inquire about an adjustment based on eight years of erroneous assessment. I put it on my calendar for next week.