Property values quadruple in Adams

Property values quadruple in Adams

There are 252 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 30, 2010, titled Property values quadruple in Adams. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

A reassessment of property values in Adams County shows assessed values have more than quadrupled in 20 years.

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#1 Jul 1, 2010
I'm heating up a vat of tar, plucking feathers from my chickens, and getting my pitchfork ready for when I get my notice tomorrow.
SCRAMBLIN

Mount Holly Springs, PA

#2 Jul 1, 2010
Appeal, appeal, appeal. Just wondering where these values came from. Was this info gathered before or after the realestate market tanked? Everyone keep appealing until finally the county is sending you a check. And in the mean time maybe the county should start spendeing money more wisely like the rest of us have had to do. File bankruptcy, dump the pensions!
Phil

Marshall, VA

#3 Jul 1, 2010
Jonah Hex wrote:
I'm heating up a vat of tar, plucking feathers from my chickens, and getting my pitchfork ready for when I get my notice tomorrow.
We best make up extra batches of tar.
Unreal

Fort Littleton, PA

#4 Jul 1, 2010
Bogging down the process with appeals sounds like the way to go.
Steve

Westminster, MD

#5 Jul 1, 2010
Funny how on the heels of the front page story of "property values quadruple in adams", I am told by a appraiser that my house does not have enough equity to re-finance! Who's scratchin who's back here?
Rick

Baltimore, MD

#6 Jul 1, 2010
Does anyone have any suspicions that the outfit that performed the reassessments conspired with our elected officials to raise assessments, so taxes could be similarly raised? A better question might be: Does anyone NOT have any suspicions......

People, the current national economic crisis is such that we have what is known as a "buyer's market" and real estate sales are almost non-existant. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that assessments should be lowered - not raised.
Go Casino

Washington, DC

#7 Jul 1, 2010
I live in Fairfield so I guess I am up the creek without a paddle.......... I just hope those citizens who wanted this reassessment, get a bigger tax bill. You know what they say, be careful what you ask for. The majority didn't want this and now with the economy in such bad shape the majority cannot afford this. SO I SAY THANK YOU TO THE BUNCH OF A-- HOLES FOR DEMANDING THIS REASSESSMENT.
Mr Legislator

Harrisburg, PA

#8 Jul 1, 2010
Has anyone heard from Mr. Moul in the last decade? Since he grandstanded at the sinkhole we have not heard from him. He isn't still hiding from the casino issue, is he?

I thought a worthy legislator would introduce some type of meaningful legislation to help us common folk with our taxes.

I guess not.
MOM

State College, PA

#9 Jul 1, 2010
Adams County is run by greed, lack of common sense, diereguard for their citizens and poor money management. They would rather put folks on the street, cause them to loose their homes and have to support them. It's sad when you work all your life to pay for property only to loose it to the government. What ever happened to government for the people?
LocalPeon

Lebanon, PA

#10 Jul 1, 2010
SCRAMBLIN wrote:
Appeal, appeal, appeal. Just wondering where these values came from. Was this info gathered before or after the realestate market tanked? Everyone keep appealing until finally the county is sending you a check. And in the mean time maybe the county should start spendeing money more wisely like the rest of us have had to do. File bankruptcy, dump the pensions!
You do know that reassessments were ordered by a judge, right?

And I'll be ready for an appeal as well.
Enough Said

Hanover, PA

#11 Jul 1, 2010
Mr Legislator wrote:
Has anyone heard from Mr. Moul in the last decade? Since he grandstanded at the sinkhole we have not heard from him. He isn't still hiding from the casino issue, is he?
I thought a worthy legislator would introduce some type of meaningful legislation to help us common folk with our taxes.
I guess not.
Does Dan Moul still live over near Food Lion in McSherrystown? I'm curious if his bill will go up?
Michelle

State College, PA

#12 Jul 1, 2010
People, part of the problem here is simply that there hasn't been periodic, regular reassessments at all. Before I moved here, I live in Illinois, where every 4 years a property was reassessed in value. This took into account current market situations.

Had this been done, some people would have been paying their fair share all along. That's where the anger should be placed.
Rick

Baltimore, MD

#13 Jul 1, 2010
Go Casino wrote:
I live in Fairfield so I guess I am up the creek without a paddle.......... I just hope those citizens who wanted this reassessment, get a bigger tax bill. You know what they say, be careful what you ask for. The majority didn't want this and now with the economy in such bad shape the majority cannot afford this. SO I SAY THANK YOU TO THE BUNCH OF A-- HOLES FOR DEMANDING THIS REASSESSMENT.
Not so fast, gambling guy. In this economic era, anyone that can do 5th grade math understands that a reassessment SHOULD have resulted in lower assessments. Looks like our elected officials entered into the reassessment agreement only after they were assured of an outcome that served them - and disserved the property owners.
Daigeaun

Gettysburg, PA

#14 Jul 1, 2010
Real nice assessments!, This is the same company which did the Luzerne County, Pa. reassessment....EVERYONE APPEAL, just what everyone wants to hear in an economic downturn, their taxes are going up, and remember when property taxes go up, so do your school taxes.
Darly

United States

#15 Jul 1, 2010
I am confused. In the past our taxes were based on one-half the assessed value. Since they are now recording at the total assessed value, does this mean we are going to be paying twice as much in taxes, or will they adjust to one-half? I don't think anyone has addressed this issue, or if they have, I didn't hear about it. Just wondering.
Dan Colgan

Mechanicsburg, PA

#16 Jul 1, 2010
Mr. Moul does indeed live in McSherrystown (Conewago Valley SD) which interestingly enough was one of two areas mentioned to have "seen the greatest declines" in property values.
...and yes he is still suffering from lyrangitus and immobility when it comes to legislative decisions.

While I too live in this area and have seen my mortgage's tax allotment re-analysed 3 out of the last 4 years to the tune of $600 yet my property's value TANK, we better in fact see a significant decline in our assessment to match or all hell is going to break lose (figuratively speaking of course)
Dan Colgan

Mechanicsburg, PA

#17 Jul 1, 2010
oh... btw: does anyone else see the irony of the fact that the tax assessment notices were being sent out coiciding with the Independence Day holiday?- "Celebrate your independence, you simpletons...You're too stupid to know you haven't got any."
Funny Math

Virginia Beach, VA

#18 Jul 1, 2010
Is it just me, or are there two statements that seem to contradict each other:
1. As the assessed property value goes up, the millage rate will have to come down. In the year of a reassessment, a county cannot raise taxes beyond 5 percent, Barr said.
2. 53 percent of property owners will have roughly the same tax bill ... 33 percent of property owners will see a significant increase, and 14 percent will see a significant decrease in their property-tax bill in 2011.
How is it that 33% will see a big increase and only 14% will see a big decrease if the mileage rate is being adjusted to, at most, reflect an overall 5% increase? Someone is using very funny math here. This is going to be huge.
Rusty

Loysville, PA

#19 Jul 1, 2010
Suasn Star Paddock and her No Casino Gettysburg cult followers don't care that these taxes will increase for so many of us. Their ONLY concern seems to be that they are able to force their unforgiving view of what is morally correct on everyone else. They are against legitimate and legal economic developement and job opportunities for the Gettysburg area. Paddock does not care that our taxes are going to increase. Think people!
Funny Math

Virginia Beach, VA

#20 Jul 1, 2010
Focus, please. This discussion has as much to do with Susan Star Paddock as does a toothpick floating in the wind.

A. A reassessment is necessary and it's been far too long since the last one occurred.

B. As is the case in any reassessment, there will always be winners and losers.

C. The key point is to determine whether the reassessment is being conducted prudently and justly.

If the end result should be an overall unchanged tax (on average), then we should NOT be seeing a statement that says:
53 percent of property owners will have roughly the same tax bill ... 33 percent of property owners will see a significant increase, and 14 percent will see a significant decrease in their property-tax bill in 2011.
This statement seems to indicate to me that the books have been skewed in the favor of the establishment, not in favor of the people that support the establishment. I would like to see these two +/- values be approximately equal (e.g. 53% little change, 24% significant increase, 23% significant decrease). From a statistical point of view, I am concerned by the figures provided and believe that we need to take a stand and have the powers that be prove that this was conducted correctly.

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