Jeff Hurt is the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assessor. Jeff has had a 25-year career in property appraisal and has been Assessor since April 2014, after starting with the Borough as Chief Appraiser in 2011.
We believe that it’s important that the public has access to us and to the information we have. We have simplified access to information and programs we administer wherever possible, and we assist their needs whenever we can. Our office is a good source of information regarding valuation, ownership and property data. This information is available in our office or online using our Property Search feature. We believe property owners are an important part of having accurate assessments: we encourage people to be familiar with their assessment records, and if there is something that’s not correct, ask us for a review of their property.
The links to the left provide access to information and forms we use. For help with any of these or other questions, call us!
The Department of Assessment is charged with valuing all taxable real property within the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and business use personal property within the corporate boundaries of the City of Ketchikan in order to provide a fair and equitable basis for property taxation.
Our department is required by state law to make an independent estimate of “full and true value” as of the assessment lien date of January 1 of each year. To accomplish this, physical inventories of property characteristics are gathered and maintained for valuation purposes.
Our department also administers property tax exemption programs as authorized by Alaska State Statute and Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code.
Properties in the Borough are visited on a four year cycle, with a different area of the borough scheduled each year. Other reasons a visit is scheduled may include remodel or renovations, issuance of a building permit, or other reported or observed changes. Property visits entail reviewing the property record, noting any property changes or necessary corrections to the record, reviewing the physical condition of structure. If measurements are needed or if we have questions the appraiser will knock at the door and leave a card.