Fraud home appraisals in Athens Clarke County GA
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#1 Apr 11, 2013
Real estate companies and agents love high values for homes because their commissions are a percent of those values. They therefore inflate values.
County tax appraisers love high values because they get more tax money fleeced from owners. Therefore they inflate values.
Athens Clarke County has unfair and inflated values:
Consider the property at 549 Cobb listed for $249K but formerly higher. The last time it sold was before the bottom fell out in 2008 for $201K. Evidently tax officials and real estate sales persons forgot that the bottom fell out of the market a few years ago.
This property is one block from public housing!
Lot size 0.26 ac. Lot tax value $120K. Home tax value $137K
Square ft: 1677, 3BR, 1BA built 1957. Low end home.
Cost improvements exc. land $77.
Now consider high end home off Cleveland Rd. on 19 acres:
Lot size 19 ac. Lot tax value $162K or only $42 K more for 19 acres than the tiny quarter acre lot above on Cobb!
Improvement tax value $487K
Square ft: 9000. 6BR, 5BA, built 1974 High end. Above house is junk compared to this property.
Tax replacement cost per sq. ft:$54. Why would this number be lower than the one above for comparable junk?
Total tax for high end home with 19 acres only 2.5 times total tax of relative junk home one block from public housing!
This lot of 19 acres is only valued at $42K more than the tiny 1/4 acre lot above on Cobb!
Isn't it time the authorities began investigating the corrupt tax and real estate values in Athens Clarke County Georgia set by tax officials and real estate sales persons?
Do not pay these unfair inflated prices. Just say no! Thousands of other examples could easily be provided.
#2 Apr 11, 2013
Local property tax bureaucracies exist in virtually every one of the 159 counties of this state to set assessed values for all properties in the county. But this is a very improper and unfair way for this to be done because these counties all have conflicts of interest. Their goals are oviously to get the values as high as possible to generate more money for them.
They could care less about being fair and consistent to property owners and values. They have skin in the game. This is why this function must be removed from local government and performed by the State of Georgia just like automobile values.
Most folks would agree the automobile valuation performed by the State is emminently fair and conservative.
The law should be changed to value real estate by the State, not local yokels who have been unfairly and fraudulently scamming property owners for decades.
Or, better yet, eliminate the unfair property tax altogether.
Why not make some meanngful changes in our unfair and corrupt tax laws state legislators and governor?
If you need any proof of the unfairness in tax evaluation, read the series of articles in the AJC documenting it for every county around Atlanta. Many of those counties still have inflated tax evaluations.
#3 Apr 11, 2013
Property tax is a racket in Athens Clarke County, Georgia similar to the rackets of Al Capone were in three districts of Chicago.
In Chicago, if you didn't pay the "insurance fee", your store was blown up. In Athens, if you don't pay the tax, the full military force and power of government in Georgia is used to confiscate it. Due process is a total myth and joke. Most of the time the lawyers get any of the results of that. Governent can and does use tax money to fight your claims, all the way to the Supreme Court if their whims so desire.
Over half the money from property tax goes to pay education costs for deadbeat children whose parents may live free in public housing and pay virtually nothing.
Georgia is a corrupt state. All this should be shut down by the Georgis Attorney General, who is a gutless, coward or the U.S. Justice Departmnt which is also a politically correct gutless coward and would not act against this criminal RICO activity by government itself.
Georgia Lawmakers: Do something about this racket, end it! You don't care either do you you good for nothing wimps.
#4 Apr 11, 2013
Observe the deafening silence about all this corrupt criminal racketeering activity by the Athens Clarke County government by the local piece of smelly garbage the Athens Banner Herald or even Flagpole Magazine.
#5 Apr 11, 2013
All this criminal activity inflating housing values is exactly what precipitated the housing collapse, and Athens Clarke County fraudsters and thieves and gangsters of government contributed to it. And they are continuing to contribute to another one.
#6 Apr 12, 2013
"Crime is contageous. When the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law." Justice Louis Brandeis
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