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Re-evaluation madness

Sunday, December 02, 2007
Time: 4:05 PM

NOTE: You can access the appraisal vision assessment database and get information on your property by clicking here.

Okay, okay, I'll blog about it.

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last week, you know that the latest GRIPE against Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury surrounds the property re-evaluation everyone received in the mail.

In short, it's outrageous, simply outrageous and the fact that the reval came int he mail AFTER the election speaks volumes. I'm receiving email after email from pissed off residents who can't believe the rise in their property value.

Well, this is what I'm going to do.

Let's send a strong message to City Hall that we're upset and share your re-evaluation horror story. Either email me at hatcityblog@yahoo.com OR drop your horror story in the comments section. When placing your comment, make sure to give your old property value and new property value. The address is not important but if you can tell us what ward you live in, it would be nice.

Whether you're pro or anti-Boughton, liberal or conservative, rich, poor, or a senior, a hit in the pocket is a hit in the pocket and this WILL BE a serious hit in the pocket regardless of the change in the mill rate. Later in the week, for those who don't know, I'll show you what legal options you have in terms of appealing the re-eval, which I strongly encourage everyone to look into.


UPDATE: WHOA! Even Sharon over at MainStreetDanbury is freaking out:
I never meant for this blog to be political--I have other outlets for that--but I just received the 5-year revaluation for my house. It's 50% higher than it was just 5 years ago. WTF? Real estate prices are dropping and inventory grows every week. When I thought about selling two years ago, no agent would even look at my house, which is over 50 years old and less than 800 square feet of living space.

This must be some bizarre plan by Boughton and the developers who really run Danbury to kick people out of their homes. "My" land is now worth more than "my" house. If a developer came along today and wanted my block to build a 50 unit condo complex, I'd have to give it some serious thought. [...] If I thought for one moment that I could actually get someone to pay the amount that Vision Appraisal Technology has assessed for my house, I'd sell in a heartbeat. But there is no such buyer, and I think everyone knows that.
I know the feeling Sharon.

OH BY THE WAY: For those who emailed me claiming that this won't effect you because you're a renter, just because you DON'T own a home doesn't mean that this won't effect you. If you think the landlord is going to take a hit and pay more in property taxes out of his own pocket, then your nuts.

ALSO: So what if the mill rate could go down...do you think it will STAY down in the long run? Eventually, this is going to hit residents REALLY hard considering we went through the same type of madness five years ago WHEN the cost of homes were going through the roof. The fact that the market was leveled off and/or the price of homes have gone down YET everyone's re-evals have sky-rocketed should tell you something.

NOTE: You can access the appraisal vision assessment database and get information on your property by clicking here.

(email your gripes to hatcityblog@yahoo.com or leave it in the comments and we'll add them to this post).

2nd Ward:
My old value was 115,000 and now it's 214,000 in the 2nd ward. I can't believe it!

3rd Ward:
This is complete bullsh*t. My assessment went from 180,000 to 297,000 and I live in one of the most run-down areas in the third ward.

Thanks Mark!

7th Ward:
Assessed value went from $166,000 to $222,900, even with the view of the water tower for the Rivington almost as soon as you walk out of the house and look up.

Appraised value currently, according the vision appraisal folks, is $318,400 which is about $90,000 less than what a family member that's a Realtor says he would list it for. He finds it funny that the 1 acre property is worth only $10,000 less than the 2000 square foot house on the property according to the new assessment.

2nd Ward:
I'm so angry that I could pull my hair out. Why did this come out AFTER the election? I read the story in the News-Times where BOUGHTon claimed that the mill rate would drop...well I heard that story the last time we were whacked and it's getting old.

We get screwed while BRT gets a 7 year tax break.

5th Ward:
Old assessment: $121,500
New assessment: $180,200
Increase: 48%

1st Ward:
Old 228,000 New 310,800
If anyone will buy this house for the new amount, I'll throw in the furniture!

3rd Ward
$113, 100 to $176,300

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