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The troubles with reassessment

October 12, 2013

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront in calling for all layers of government — state, county, towns, villages and school districts — to reduce their costs through more......

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Oct-13-13 9:18 AM

A reassessment in Portland is not a done deal.. yet, we are still fighting it. To be fair, all the municipalities in the county should be at 100%, not just the ones being singled out by the state & county like Portland. If budgets go up, taxes go up. A reval costs money, taxes will go up to pay for it& to maintain it. If a reval increases the towns total market value, that towns share of school, county, medicaid and community college taxes will go up unless all the towns in the county are at 100% Equalization rate (Recently revaled) Someones math is a bit off on Mr Mintun's sale, it did not sell for 3 times assessed value. Take the assessed value, divided by equalization rate of 54%,that gives the Market Value for property tax purposes. It sold for 20% more than the Market value, good for him. To use numbers to prove a point, it is better if the math is correct.

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Oct-12-13 1:20 PM

(con't) would all become taxable improvements while most communities consider them to be general maintenance. When dealing with money grabbing government it is necessary to keep both eyes open and your wallet hidden.

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Oct-12-13 1:18 PM

Mr. Mintun is absolutely right on the main points. First, the cost of education is no longer affordable at the local level and it should be paid entirely by the state. New York State has tremendous taxing authority through sales and income taxes while local governments must rely on property taxes. It is a major factor in the decline of upstate New York. On the topic of reassessment again he is right on target. The City of Dunkirk experienced reval in 1997 with new rates applied in 1998. City leaders conveniently crammed through a tax levy increase to coincide with the new reval rates. Taxpayers didn't know what hit them - only that they were paying more taxes - a lot more taxes. More recently county leaders wanted to take over all assessment responsibility in the county and increase values on an annual basis. Their plan would not only increase taxes yearly, it would disallow provisions for general maintenance. Roof replacements, doors, windows, driveways and siding would become (con't

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Oct-12-13 9:19 AM

Mintum sold his place on the lake for $550k when it was assessed for about a third its selling price. Was that fair to all the other taxpayers of Portland?

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Oct-12-13 8:29 AM

I though he was attending a big family reunion on Cassadaga Lake Paul? Susan Crossett reported on it yesterday.

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Oct-12-13 7:41 AM

Dcronk once again ignores reality and the subject at hand.

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Oct-12-13 7:41 AM

Take a look at what just happened in Portland. Now, Portland is being reassessed again! The people living on the Lake are going to get shafted, BIG TIME!

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Oct-12-13 7:35 AM

Apparently Mr Munton, with his property in this county, his house in higher-taxed Orchard Park & Erie County, and his other property in Florida, likes to pay taxes.

Its like a thrice divorcee lecturing us about how to have a successful & happy marriage...

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