Lancaster County Assessor’s Office Contacting Owners Affected by Wildfires
A firefighter shoots water onto a grass fire to prevent it from spreading. This photo is taken from near 38th and Ash Road outside of Cortland on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (Dale Johnson/KFOR News)

Lincoln, NE – (October 25, 2022) – The wildfires in parts of Lancaster County earlier this week prompted evacuations and resulted in scorched homes, buildings, and other improvements. 

 “As residents return to their homes and assess the damage after a natural disaster, their first business call is usually to their insurance company.”  said Rob Ogden, Lancaster County Assessor/Register of Deeds.   “Their second call should be to the assessor’s office.   We want to ensure their assessment records reflect the loss,” said Ogden.

 A team from the Lancaster County Assessor’s Office has begun surveying the area to account for property damage with assistance from Lancaster County Emergency Management; however, “information from property owners is best to ensure an accurate inventory of the property for the 2023 valuation,” said Ogden. 

 Ogden reminds property owners that property assessments reflect the property condition as of January 1st of the valuation year.   “Structures rebuilt or partially rebuilt by January 1st are reflected in the upcoming 2023 assessment, and structures built after January 1st are not,” said Ogden.

 Owners of affected property are encouraged to contact the Lancaster County Assessor’s Office at (402) 441-7463 or by email at [email protected].   

 The mission of the County Assessor/Register of Deeds Office is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaining the highest standards in mass appraisal practices and maintaining accurate and complete property and land records.

 For more information about the Lancaster County Assessor/Register of Deeds, please visit the website at  https://www.lancaster.ne.gov/153/AssessorRegister-of-Deeds or call 402-441-7463.