Hope Twp cuts taxes for residents

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Residents in a Barry County community will be paying less in taxes. Hope Township Board of Trustees voted 5-0 Monday night to suspend a tax levy for fire services for one year.

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Broke in Michigan

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Mar 18, 2009
 
Good for them!! My township is out there trying to raise our taxes. More should be taking this approach.
Mike

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Mar 18, 2009
 
Our assessor because we built on an addition has raised our assessment up 46,000 in the last 3 years and the construction still will have 30% added for next year. How can an assessor disregard the market? There's not a person around that would give us over 190,000 right now, and the assessor is trying to say it's worth 284 right now under construction and if was completed, worth 334,000.(what the 2010 rolls will say) There's an 8 year old 3250 sq ft brick home on 4 acres on a lake nearby that's not selling for 329,000 right now. We had an appraisal 2 years ago and it was for 194,000. One home on the side of us is appraised at 90,000 and the other home 120,000 How can an assessor overlook this, especially when they lived 5 houses away from us and are familiar with the neighborhood? Can't they get in trouble for "playing dumb" to what common sense would tell them the real market would bring?
OBAMA

United States

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Mar 18, 2009
 
This is a first.....
Phoenix

Portage, MI

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Mar 18, 2009
 

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Now this is Hope we can believe in...
2690land

Byron Center, MI

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Mar 18, 2009
 
Mike.....did you go down and fight them?
I have a slight advantage since I am an Appraiser but I fought the City of Walker 2 years ago....got my taxable lowered and it was lowered again this year.
My girlfriend in Ludington, however, had her's raised. We went and fought them and should hear in a couple weeks. If they don't lower her taxable (the sev doesn't matter) we'll take Ludington to the tax tribunal where word is; you almost always win.
Eddy Van Halen

Grand Rapids, MI

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Mar 18, 2009
 
'Hope' other townships follow their approach.
Sounds like these guys did not spend ever penny they got.
Hey Grand Rapids, quit wasting money and maybe you could do the same. Common Sense.

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