The issue being discussed is an unfair redistribution based on a pandemic buying frenzy blip for owners of small houses as they were most sought after. Folks with large houses will see dramatic reductions in comparison.
PS - Been here 35 years and voted NO every time primarily because the town side of the budget always gets squeezed while the BoE side always expands. We need to follow up NO votes with pushes to consolidate school buildings thereby eliminating some teachers and administrators whose salaries and benefits make up the bulk of the school budget. Not to mention transportation costs.
Thank you Mr. Walker. Smaller homes (<2000 sq ft) like mine got caught in the Pandemic Frenzy where houses sold in 1-2 days at of above asking. These 'comps' are used as a basis for reevaluating our properties up. Now that the frenzy has cooled our house values are heading back down. But we will pay based on this market 'blip' for the next 5 years.
Yes, that's exactly right. The assessment matters in the way it distributes the tax burden. But, the heart of the matter is the budget - the budget has more to do with how much tax we pay!!!!! We should make sure the budget reflects expenditures that we, as taxpayers, support.
I am so sad to hear that an old neighbor of mine has passed away. I have such fond memories of the entire Brown family and to think one is now missing breaks my heart. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I miss you all much.