Monroe Cty is taxing us on 1800 sf of living space, but our house is 1601 sf living space. They also go by exterior dimensions, but even with that, our house does NOT come up to 1800 sf. They also had master bath listed as several feet larger than it is. They also list our house as a 2 story, but it is a 1-1/2 story. We had them come out to take a look, they reduced the size of our master bath, never answered our question about where they're getting the extra square footage, and sent a new tax bill -- with an increase. Crooks. When I have a chance, I plan to revisit this situation.
As proof of their illegal doings, our former home had 2-1/2 baths, and the master had a double sink. They taxed us as having 3 bathrooms. When questioned, it was explained that since we had 2 sinks in our master bath, they "took" one of them and applied it to our 1/2 bath, to make it a "whole" full bath, and then taxed us for 3 full baths. Never mind that the legal definition for a full bath is that it MUST contain 3 fixtures -- a sink, a bowl, and a shower or tub. So in spite of not meeting the legal definition for a full bath, they applied their own illegal formula, and illegally taxed us.