* Return the notice of appeal that is included with your assessment by the deadline. This time, it's Jan. 24, 45 days after the notices are mailed.
* Obtain a copy of the work sheet the assessor used and the prices on comparable properties sold in your neighborhood last year, both of which are available in the county assessment office, 15 East Main St., Sherwood Square, Westminster.
* Make sure the information on the work sheet about the size of your house, number of bedrooms and improvements is correct. Also check the math and the prices of the houses your assessor considered comparable to yours, and be sure those comparisons are valid.