Our original informal appeal ended with them not adjusting to what it was worth primarily because the square footage was wrong. We declined the offer and were informed they would send someone to remeasure the property. We requested to be called but "They don't do that". The house in the back cannot be measured from the road.
So comes Fall and we go to the formal appeal, No one ever came to measure the property.... Told again someone will have to remeasure the property and Again told "They don't do that" as far as calling ahead even after we told them you cannot measure this building without trespassing and as the back gate is usually locked they would have no access regardless. In any event someone did come but they were walking around in my backyard taking pictures which I'm not exactly happy about. Having said that they got the right measurements so be it...
Finally the other day our final reassessment has arrived, keep in mind this process was supposed to be complete in October. They finally have the right dimensions however there is many discrepancies when comparing this house to even two other houses directly across the street. We're all on corner lots. First and foremost is the lot value.
- Ours - .12 acres $38,400
Neighbor- .19 acres $27,600
Neighbor- .12 acres $25,700
As you can see we have some big inconsistencies here but lets concentrate on the .19 acre lot. This is directly across the street from my house. There frontage on the main street is about triple what ours is. the lot is longer along the main road than it is deep. It takes up fully almost what 4 houses do on the other side... I'd imagine this would increase the value if anything. The other house on the other corner with the same acreage as ours is about the very same thing as ours in every way. Same street frontage and depth. I'll also add part of our lot on the one side is a common driveway that is all but useless to us because of the house configurations, We could not use it if we wanted, nothing but dead space we can't do anything with or use.
Lastly the guy on the .19 acre lot has a brick building that is newer construction from the 60's. Our house was built at the turn of the century and is clad in aluminum siding sometime in the very early 70's. Nice stuff actually because it's very thick, shhhhhhhhhhhh. However it has been banged up in spots over the years and was just recently painted. The brick building has a C+ rating for "Style / Quality Grade" while ours has a rating of B.....
This rating can have a significant impact on the buildings assessed value so although I could agree with the values they have given the two homes on our lot it's most certainly not fair especially when you consider the lot value discrepancies. Lot values should under no circumstances change if they are across the street with about the same attributes. If anything ours should be reduced becsue of the land we have lost due to the common driveway.
Frankly I feel screwed, we've finally have document with the correct square footage but the only place we can appeal now is to the courts. This reassessment has been nothing but a sham from the start and the people of Luzerne County should be infuriated.