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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RaceFan

Hanover, PA

#243 Jul 28, 2010
JustMyHonestOpinion wrote:
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I'm not singling you out for my reply but you just happened to be the last post.
Will everybody quit complaining about a tax increase. NOBODY knows exactly what their tax bill will be with the new reassessment values. The exact amount of your taxes will only be known after:
(1) all appeals are completed.
(2) your local taxing authorities complete NEXT years budget and compute a millage rate for the taxes.
Just because your assessment went up doesn't directly lead to a tax increase. The fact that the assessed value went from 50% to 100% has absolutely no effect on the amount of your taxes, everyone's changed the same in that respect.
As an example, if EVERYONES assessments went up 100%, 200%, xxx%, etc., or down by any amount, no ones taxes would change. The relationship between the ASSESSED VALUE and YOUR TAXES is determined by the what percentage YOUR ASSESSED VALUE is of the TOTAL ASSESSED VALUES of all properties in your taxing jurisdiction. If your percentage went up in relation to some other properties, then your tax will be more than the other properties, or if it went down, then your taxes will be less. All properties with the same percentage, i.e. same assessed value, will be taxed the same.
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Since: Jan 09

Hanover

#244 Jul 28, 2010
RaceFan wrote:
<quoted text>Do you root for Kyle Busch or Kasey Kane? Or are you more conservative and root for Jimmy Johnson or Jeff Gordon?
Do you like a dirt track or paved track?
Do you prefer potato salad or macaroni salad?
What's your favorite color?
Do you have a lucky number?
Do you prefer living in the city or country?
What the He!! does this have to do with my post?

I'm only trying to explain that no ones taxes have gone up yet because of the reassessment. Just try to prove me wrong in what I said!
Sandy

Gettysburg, PA

#245 Jul 28, 2010
I tried to help my parents, who are on a limited income now that they are retired, get ready for their appeal informal meeting. They live in Gettysburg Borough and there was a house three houses away the had land of .12 acres valued at $30,000 and they have .10 acries valued at $37,500. When my parents asked about this at the meeting the lady said she didn't know much about the land (I thought that what we paid them to know aboaut) just the property (which except for the size of the houses she didn't seem to know anything about property either). They then told them it depends on the neighborhood, the house is on the same block, same side of the street and three houses away - really how different can the neighborhood be.

I don't know about everyone else but at least for my parnet they are not upset about the reassessment - they just want it to be fair. They tried to sell their house about five years ago and the reassessment is more than twice what they had the house for sale at. The value they gave them is really outrageous. Those of you who think people are just whining should really look at the prices they have put on some of the houses - they could never sell their house for even close to what they valued it at.
RaceFan

Hanover, PA

#246 Jul 28, 2010
JustMyHonestOpinion wrote:
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What the He!! does this have to do with my post?
I'm only trying to explain that no ones taxes have gone up yet because of the reassessment. Just try to prove me wrong in what I said!
You were complaining about everyone complaining. So, I thought I wouldn't complain and try and be sociable.

I guess I was wrong about you. I thought you were a nice woman.

Since: Jan 09

Hanover

#247 Jul 28, 2010
RaceFan wrote:
<quoted text>You were complaining about everyone complaining. So, I thought I wouldn't complain and try and be sociable.
I guess I was wrong about you. I thought you were a nice woman.
I'm sorry that I took it the wrong way.
RaceFan

Hanover, PA

#248 Jul 28, 2010
JustMyHonestOpinion wrote:
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I'm sorry that I took it the wrong way.
Don't worry, I know you are nice. I just wanted to break the ice with the subject of taxes. Soon I will have the $1850 I owe. Had to sell a few things....

Since: Jan 09

Hanover

#249 Jul 28, 2010
RaceFan wrote:
<quoted text>Don't worry, I know you are nice. I just wanted to break the ice with the subject of taxes. Soon I will have the $1850 I owe. Had to sell a few things....
Good luck! These forums need some light hearted posts every now and then!
New Math

Gettysburg, PA

#250 Jul 30, 2010
JustMyHonestOpinion wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not singling you out for my reply but you just happened to be the last post.
Will everybody quit complaining about a tax increase. NOBODY knows exactly what their tax bill will be with the new reassessment values. The exact amount of your taxes will only be known after:
(1) all appeals are completed.
(2) your local taxing authorities complete NEXT years budget and compute a millage rate for the taxes.
Just because your assessment went up doesn't directly lead to a tax increase. The fact that the assessed value went from 50% to 100% has absolutely no effect on the amount of your taxes, everyone's changed the same in that respect.
As an example, if EVERYONES assessments went up 100%, 200%, xxx%, etc., or down by any amount, no ones taxes would change. The relationship between the ASSESSED VALUE and YOUR TAXES is determined by the what percentage YOUR ASSESSED VALUE is of the TOTAL ASSESSED VALUES of all properties in your taxing jurisdiction. If your percentage went up in relation to some other properties, then your tax will be more than the other properties, or if it went down, then your taxes will be less. All properties with the same percentage, i.e. same assessed value, will be taxed the same.
Honest Jane, Are you kidding?
Did you read the estimate of taxes at the bottom of your form? There is the best estimate today overall for what your tax increases will amount to next year. Its on the govt form. Many and most will see increases, as it will include school tax increases, and these new land based increases, etc. All of my neighbors contacted so far are going up. Only those not in G&G or at a resort/newly built situation have decrements. The impacts are enormous - such lot values and acreage values are laughable if not for the pain that will be coming in the future.

Since: Jan 09

Hanover

#251 Jul 30, 2010
New Math wrote:
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Honest Jane, Are you kidding?
Did you read the estimate of taxes at the bottom of your form? There is the best estimate today overall for what your tax increases will amount to next year. Its on the govt form. Many and most will see increases, as it will include school tax increases, and these new land based increases, etc. All of my neighbors contacted so far are going up. Only those not in G&G or at a resort/newly built situation have decrements. The impacts are enormous - such lot values and acreage values are laughable if not for the pain that will be coming in the future.
I'll stand by what I had posted: NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, knows exactly what their taxes will be next year. What you are seeing at the bottom of your form is, as you say, an ESTIMATE, because without next years budget's completed, there is no way to be sure of any tax rate.

Just wait until all of the appeals are completed, then compare taxes from one property to another. Now, you may, or may not, have a reason to complain.

I don't like the reassessment process any better that you do, but that is just the way it's done!
Empty Pockets

Seward, PA

#252 Oct 16, 2010
Had my day in court and since nothing has sold to compare with my 5.6 acres I recieved a sympathy 5k reduction for showing up.
Empty Pockets

Aspers, PA

#253 Mar 2, 2011
What happen to the no more than 5% increase. Mine went up 600% on my bill.

“Tax Fairness is Needed”

Since: Aug 10

Middletown, PA

#254 Mar 4, 2011
Empty Pockets wrote:
What happen to the no more than 5% increase. Mine went up 600% on my bill.
The 5% cap is on TOTAL levy of the taxing body. They had to lower their millage rate to match the 2010 budget, then they could vote a separate increase up to 5% more.

The cap is not a cap on any one individual. After 20 years, there were many parcels that got decreases much greater than 5% and others that just increases over 5%.

The estimated impact statement on the notices last year tried to give folks a heads-up as to which side of that balancing equation they were on.

Note: Some other states have a cap on individual increases, but such an individual cap would be illegal under current PA law. Individual caps also have the effect of giving a break to any underassessed property as the expense of everyone else.

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