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View Poll Results: Would you vote for Chris Doherty for mayor if the election were held today?
Yes 17 33.33%
No 34 66.67%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-02-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Scranton native, now in upstate NY
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Thank you for your reply. Its a hard situation that many many people are going to loose their homes. But i will print you and tell her what you said.

thanks

rachael

You're welcome. A couple of additional points--it's been a while since our area went through a similar reassessment, but, as I recall, the appeals process wasn't terribly expensive or difficult--at least in cases in which the gov't assessment was demonstrably high. I think all you had to do was get a private assessment done (which will cost money--I'm sure she could get some estimates on how much it would be before deciding to do it). Once the private assessment was done, I think all you had to do to appeal was to show up with the paperwork from the private assessment on one of the special "appeals days" that had been set up. If the assessment you had done privately was lower than the gov't assessment, there generally wasn't much of a fuss about lowering the gov't assessment, and I don't think lawyers had to be involved, at least in many cases. Again though, this was in NY state--I'm not sure how it will work in your area. At any rate, before deciding that the appeals process is too expensive or difficult, your grandmother should check into exactly what would be involved. Of course, if the gov't assessment seems accurate, then getting a private assessment might not help much, since the two would probably match pretty closely.

One other thought--I think you mentioned that your grandmother was having trouble paying her heating bills. If she does decide to sell some of the 23 acres and remain in her home, she might want to consider investing some of the proceeds from the sale of the land in a new furnace. Some of these old furnaces are terribly inefficient, and a new furnace might pay for itself fairly quickly in savings on future fuel bills. Making sure that she has sufficient insulation and that the house is properly weather-proofed would also be a way to cut down on heating bills.

I think one of the things that makes these reassessments so very difficult for many people is that the local gov'ts wait years and years to do them, so then when upward adjustments are necessary, they may have to be quite large. It would be better to have some system in place for regular, fairly frequent updates so that relative tax rates would remain more or less fair and no one would suddenly get hit in the face with an unexpected, large tax increase.

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Old 06-02-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Mayor Doherty is planning to have a statue placed at Nay Aug in honor of the voters of the city of Scranton, to say thank you for allowing him an 8 year spending spree:

 
Old 06-02-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Scranton native, now in upstate NY
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Originally Posted by lilangelbaby0099 View Post
Thank you for your reply. Its a hard situation that many many people are going to loose their homes. But i will print you and tell her what you said.

thanks

rachael

And yet another thought on this matter--your grandmother should make sure that she is taking advantage of any and all tax rebate programs that may be open to her. For example, there are PA tax rebate programs for senior citizens. (I think there are also tax rebate programs for veterans.) For more on PA tax rebates for senior citizens, go to:

Property Tax Relief


and

Property Tax/Rent Rebate (http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/ptrr/site/default.asp - broken link)

You can also call: 1-888-222-9190.
 
Old 06-02-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Drama Central
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http://www.gallery.adam.com.au/albums/callan-canberra/136_Weird_sheep_statues_in_a_Canberra_Mall.jpg (broken link)

Sheep you very much!
 
Old 06-02-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Scranton native, now in upstate NY
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Man, by now, I think this forum must have a copy of just about every sheep picture that's out there on the web.
 
Old 06-02-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Drama Central
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Oh no I have many many more.......
 
Old 06-02-2008, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Scranton native, now in upstate NY
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Default Sheep Galore

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Oh no I have many many more.......

I see. Well then, I guess you'll be able to just shkeep 'em coming.....
 
Old 06-03-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Scranton
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Scranton voters tuning into the mayor's "state of the city" address....
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Sheeptown, USA
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Look likes Doherty is way behind in our little poll. There's less sheep on this forum than I originally thought.
 
Old 06-03-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Look likes Doherty is way behind in our little poll. There's less sheep on this forum than I originally thought.
I may not agree with Dan 100% on all issues, but I can still voice my disdain for what I perceive to be a mayor gone amok!
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