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Old 03-04-2020, 12:35 AM   #11221
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Got a letter from the County. We're doing a reassessment of properties and your assessment is tripled.
Go to the website specified, get 90% through scheduling a hearing, it freezes up.
Call the phone number on the website and get a recording saying they're experiencing unexpected call volume, call back later.
Triple my assessment and you don't expect me to call? You do not want me to come there, motherfucker.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:25 AM   #11222
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Scrape the paint off the house, set some goats loose, and put a couple Fords for your front yard. How the hell does it get tripled? That's nuts.
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Old 03-04-2020, 08:55 AM   #11223
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I bet it was an error that affected lots of people, and that's what caused the crashed site and unexpected call volume.
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Old 03-04-2020, 09:22 AM   #11224
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No, not an error. Court ordered county wide reassessment by this outfit, they send a assessment based on maps and real estate sales over the last couple years. But they don't know the intricacies of the area.
They know what's coming, they've designated four locations for these 20 minute interviews, seven days a week during March, April and May. So I get to argue with them, then they give the final number to the county.
At that point I can(will) appeal to the county assessment board who are familiar with local intricacies and go through it again. If I don't like their number I can sue or appeal again in a year.
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Old 03-04-2020, 09:51 AM   #11225
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What a pain in the ass.

Around here, they like to pee on us and tell us it's raining.

"We're lowing property tax rates! Aren't we wonderful!"

*government lowers the tax rate a hundredth of a percentage point*

*then government raises the assessed value of each home by 5%, causing the actual tax owed to go up by $500.*

Rinse and repeat, year after year.

Obviously, I'm making these numbers up for illustrative purposes, but they are very close to the truth.
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Old 03-04-2020, 12:40 PM   #11226
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On the other hand (maybe this isn't the case for you) the assessed value typically is less than what similar homes are actually selling for.
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Old 03-05-2020, 01:09 AM   #11227
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What prompted this the first time years ago was the people buying McMansions for a half a million bucks complained that ma and Pa Kettle who have lived in their house since WW II are paying less taxes when they both have the same number of bedrooms. Of course 5 of the Kettles 6 bedrooms are unused except when the children/grandchildren come home for Christmas, whereas the McMansionites have 4 spawn in school where most of the taxes go. They are also the ones telling the schools they need more of every thing that doesn't help educate the kids. The local school board paid some consultant $500,000 to investigate ways to make the high school look less like a school.
I stay away from the whole thing to avoid arrest.

Also, traditionally houses were reassessed when they changed hands either by sale or inheritance.
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Old 03-10-2020, 09:58 PM   #11228
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I do not give a fuck.
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:24 AM   #11229
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I'm beyond miserable. The hits keep on coming. I don't know how to make it better. I don't want to be a zombie on drugs and as my health insurance is costing $1000+ a month that I don't have, that won't be an issue for long anyway. I just can't list all the things. It's too horrible. 2nd anniversary of Beest's death is friday too. I honestly can't imagine that's going to make it worse. Living without him is not living.
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Old 03-11-2020, 11:13 AM   #11230
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Oh monster! I am so sorry.
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Old 03-11-2020, 02:44 PM   #11231
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:45 PM   #11232
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Me too.
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Old 03-11-2020, 04:08 PM   #11233
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Old 03-11-2020, 04:14 PM   #11234
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Monster, I'm really sorry life is so rough right now. I wish I could make it better.
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Old 03-11-2020, 04:52 PM   #11235
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I don't have any magical wisdom, but I'm glad you're talking about it.
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