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Old 02-05-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm taxed on my little front stoop and an old concrete patio in my backyard.
Both of which I renovated with pavers, but the original concrete was left in place as the base material.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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Real Estate taxes are utilized to fund County, Town, Village, School Districts & other special districts. My question is.... does the owner of a 5,000 Sq foot home utilize those services more than the owner of a 2,500 Sq foot home or is it based on the presumption that the owner of the larger home has a greater ability to pay?
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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Real Estate taxes are utilized to fund County, Town, Village, School Districts & other special districts. My question is.... does the owner of a 5,000 Sq foot home utilize those services more than the owner of a 2,500 Sq foot home or is it based on the presumption that the owner of the larger home has a greater ability to pay?
Yes
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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How in the heck did such a socialist system ever get to be a rule?Its insane.I can appreciate it needing to be to code for safety etc.But to increase ones taxes because he/she wants to improve the home is NUTS!Its like the government saying to a person "hey nice new shoes you got we are going to fine you"No dam difference! It had to have been a democrap in office to dream it up.JMO
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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I used to believe I had certain liberties and rights before I moved to NY. I owned two houses out of state prior to moving here. The common phrases, "does it have a CO?"/permit?" never came up when purchasing a house. Now I probably need a permit for backing my car into my driveway rather than pulling in. I purchased my house in 2004 with the knowledge of my tax bill. Little did I know, they assessed my house in 2006 based on improvements that were done in 2000. End result: my taxes rise based on improvements someone else did prior to me even moving in. Bottom line: you will pay regardless of what you do. Fighting is usually futile. It will keep the assessors at bay for a short time, but they always get you in the end(no pun intended).
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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There are crazy tax systems everywhere. An acquaintance just improved their condo in Florida (they live there full time). They did not expand, move walls, change plumbing, etc. They just upgraded the kitchen, 2 baths, and floor. Before they could do so, they had to file with the town to get permits! That's right, in order to redo their kitchen, again not making any structural changes, they had to get a permit and it cost approx 5% of the cost of the improvements! So $40,000 worth of work cost an additional $2000.00 permit fee. And they will be taxed accordingly because the value of their property went up with the upgrades. At least here on L.I. we have to show we increased the usable footage of the house and the permit fees are in the hundreds, not thousands of dollars. We still pay way too much for way too little but they get you everywhere you go!

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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Really, tell us how?

I wonder what the square footage of the average family's house there? I'll bet you it's nowhere near 5K.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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higher assessed value = higher tax
Lower assessed value = still high tax

gimme a freakin break!
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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My huge deck if falling apart. If I tear it down will my taxes go down too? I am a senior and our taxes are sky high now and it is coming to the point of not paying them. Any help out there?
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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How property's are taxed vary from state to state....IE.some by Sq. Ft. some by total assessed value..First know your tax codes...Thing is the tax man always gets his cash one way or the other.

I think the reason pants have four pockets is two for you and two for the tax man...

Lived in an area that taxed decks that stood 2 ft above ground...Many built decks with a step down from the house..made the tax man weep....Know the local codes....
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