Anyone have any luck against a tax assessor?

Re: Anyone have any luck against a tax assessor?

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:01 pm

Everyone is going thru it...we were at 74% full value, now 100%, but at least the assessment was the same was it was listed, but with it going up to 100%, the taxes went up a bit. They say some go up, some go down, etc....

A local town near ours a couple years ago, actually hired and attorney and sued the village since 60% of them were WAY HIGH!
The Tax assessor actually quit!! They won and the assessments were reversed.

Stay on top of it and keep fighting it, I would talk to the board, Mayor, and what they said above about the legislators, and town officials taxes, etc...1 person shouldn't be the only one, we have a assessment board, with like 4-6 people.
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Re: Anyone have any luck against a tax assessor?

PostBy: Yanche On: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:51 pm

Just got my tax assessment and as expected it went down. 17% less than than the last assessment. At this point I don't know if it's a fair reduction or not based on the real estate bubble bursting. Maryland has a fair assessment process. Assessments are done by appraisers that are state employees and that's all they do. They don't set the tax rates. The elected officials do that. All properties are re-assessed every three years. In a rising market there is a cap that prevents your tax bill from dramatic increases in a single year. The cap percentage is set by the county or city. In my county it's 7%. So a big assessment increase would result in about a 7% tax increase each year. In a falling market like today the assessment stays at the lower value for three years. This lower assessment base will force the politicians to make cuts or raise taxes by raising the tax rate. Or they could just raise administrative fees. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the upcoming state elections.

If you have been following what's happening in California it's likely what will come to a state near you. They have dramatically lower tax income, they have made budget cut after cut and even have cut the bone. Teacher and police lay offs etc. To get an increase in taxes requires a 2/3 majority vote. A political impossibility. So all fairness goes out the window and administrative fees go up and up. Look for all kinds of state and city fees to increase almost everywhere, auto license fees, park use fees, etc. The party out of power sees no reason to cooperate in finding a fair revenue increase solution. The folly of it is, if and when they come to power they will have the same problem. No end to the madness in sight.
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Re: Anyone have any luck against a tax assessor?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:46 pm

yes but now alleg. county is gearing up for a re-assessment
my gains may be offset by higher millage
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