Tamaqua school district wins tax assessment appeals | Times News Online
September 16, 2009
Tamaqua Area School District was able to increase the assessments on real estate in its district by $864,110 through rulings made by the Schuylkill County Tax Assessment Appeals Board following hearings held last Friday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.
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Since: Aug 09
#1 Sep 16, 2009
This is rubbish! They need to cut costs instead of HUNTING DOWN innocent people to feed their insatiable need for cash.
Citizens who go along with this nonsense are also guilty of being apathetic about the school taxation system, while giving the thumbs-up whenever SOMEONE ELSE gets tagged.
Our wallets are being held hostage to a school bureaucracy that INCLUDES the mighty teacher's union, so when are people going to get made ENOUGH to fight back and WIN?
#2 Sep 18, 2009
While I agree with your statement that school districts, etc., need to cut costs, the re-assessments offer a tool for evening out the hated real estate tax structure. Until the legislature finds another answer, we are stuck with real estate taxes. I don't agree with your "hunting down innocent people" statement.
#3 Sep 18, 2009
Well, people are struggling. Appraising is not an exact science so it is fairly easy to justify a higher amount. Many times a person is barely making it, so now the district comes along in the middle of someone's financial hell and says "your property is worth more, so pay up". Keep in mind that the district has every reason to find value and raise our property taxes, not the other way around. So who looks out for the best interests of the property owners? NO ONE!
All I can say is it is going to get a lot worse if we citizens don't unify and fight them, hard, to tighten their belts and majorly revamp the whole taxation system.
No one realizes how much money the district already rakes in (with a real rake). Where is it going? Haha. Anyone who thinks the district is poor or "just making it" is a fool.
#4 Sep 18, 2009
Let me add that I have a sincere desire to preserve the what is left of the lineage that made Tamaqua a real neighborly town at one time. At the rate things are going, the old blood is being forced out to make way for new blood with lots of money. People in the district and the borough are actually encouraging this shift because it will make both of them LARGER, less accountable, and it will SHELTER them from US. It will also provide the tax dollars to fund their excesses (especially their own bloated salaries and benefits, and the excesses of their hiring practices.) "Fat and lazy" thrives in government.
Lastly, at some point in the growth cycle, it will almost be impossible for US fight to regress the growth cycle. I believe that the greatness of any town is NOT determined by how much money it can attract, but by the character of the people. Even a broken down trailer park can have more character than the richest, poshest community. I wish more people would rate their neighbors based on their heart's contents rather than than how well they manicure their flower beds.(wink)
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