To the Editor:
Sorry, everyone we failed, I met with our first selectman Friday March 24th and without even looking at the forms was told the state would never give us the right to vote on reassessments.
The only option was to contest our assessments with the company that did the revaluation or thru the tax assessor’s office.
I talked with some who went this route and heard their disappointment that their numbers didn’t change much, I fear for all of you.
Mr Rosenthal did say he saw some oddities in the revalue but was powerless to change them.
He also tried to explain that larger houses were bearing the brunt of taxes in town and their numbers were lowered, and smaller homes were bumped up to equalize the amounts paid.
I don’t know about all of you, but we opted for a smaller home because of price and taxes, buy small pay less, buy large pay more. So, if we’re trying to give fair market value to homes, why at my house 97 Hanover Road did I refinance at $215,000.00, got an assessment at $263,220.00, but 14 Valley View Road assessment was $534,670 but listing on market for $700,000.00, or 74 Boulevard assessment $323,590.00 listed for sale at $226,000.00, also 35 Taunton Hill assessment $ 1,148,870.00 listing at $1,495,000.00. I don’t see anything fair here.
So, is all lost?
NO! April 25th, we vote on the town budget — a no vote won’t lower our assessments, but will lower our taxes. It’s going to be a long time before a yes vote comes from me!
CT is in the top five for taxes and it’s time for change.
Join me and vote “NO”, let’s take back our town, we deserve better!
See you at the polls and remember a no vote not only helps you but helps your family.