- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BAKER, Ore. (AP) - Baker County officials are reappraising properties that were destroyed and damaged by the Cornet wildfire near Baker City to reduce property tax bills for owners.

The Baker City Herald reports (https://is.gd/ATFsnY) Troy Lepley, a data analyst and appraiser for the Baker County Assessor’s Office, surveyed the damage to the properties at Stices Gulch Tuesday.

Several properties were affected in August by the lightning-sparked blazes that spread across more than 115,000 acres in Baker County.

Lepley says the county can’t reverse the damage, but it can help homeowners with their property tax bills by reducing values.

The reappraisals will also spare property owners from having to appeal their bills if taxed for the value of a home that was destroyed or damaged.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, https://www.bakercityherald.com/

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