Company hired to reassess Lebanon property values

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The Lebanon County commissioners have selected a Middletown company to perform a court-ordered countywide reassessment of property values.

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May 20, 2010
 
"The county's tax revenue after the reassessment may not increase in the first year by more than 5 percent without court approval."
Increase? Did anyone look at the value of properties in the last several years? I'm thinkin we're in for a real estate tax decrease!
Hadta Happen

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#2
May 20, 2010
 
The reassessment is revenue neutral. That means some people will pay more, and just as many will pay less. It's about fairness. I'm tired of paying higher taxes to make up for the people that are under-assessed. After 40 years of the system getting more inaccurate every year, we'll all get back on a level playing field. For now.
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#3
May 20, 2010
 
The same guy that has been cozying up to the township, county and state, for funds to build his project in East Hanover, is handed 2.12 million dollars to appraise Lebanon County properties ? He already has his hooks into the 300 hundred acres and is looking for additional property ie Reigle Heir Farms and others. What a scam he has going !
Bubba

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#4
May 20, 2010
 
Hadta Happen wrote:
The reassessment is revenue neutral.... After 40 years of the system getting more inaccurate every year, we'll all get back on a level playing field.
You bought that???

I've got a great beach house on Guilford St that I'm selling real cheap. Give me a call.
mike

Lebanon, PA

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#5
May 21, 2010
 
yeah like "they " say....we are uneducated in Lebanon County........So this clown from Middletown has been hired to put values on Lebanon County properties...so just "dumb down my assessment"

PERFECT TIMING FOR THE SCHOOL TAX INCREASE.....THERE IS NO COLLUSION ON THE TIMING BETWEEN THE NEW ASS-CESSMENT OF PROPERTY VALUES AND A SCHOOL TAX INCREASE.
jonas

Lebanon, PA

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#6
May 21, 2010
 
did i read that the actual change will only happen in 2013 not earlier?
Hammer

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#7
May 21, 2010
 
Rooney is the hero. This re-assessment of all properties needs to be done and should have been done a long time ago. Taxes paid should be based on current market value, not what somebody paid for a house 20 or 30 years ago. Right now, two owners in the same neighborhood can have a difference of 100% on the taxes they pay for houses of equal value and that is just not right. Every property owner needs to pay their fair share.
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May 21, 2010
 
Hammer wrote:
Rooney is the hero. This re-assessment of all properties needs to be done and should have been done a long time ago. Taxes paid should be based on current market value, not what somebody paid for a house 20 or 30 years ago. Right now, two owners in the same neighborhood can have a difference of 100% on the taxes they pay for houses of equal value and that is just not right. Every property owner needs to pay their fair share.
Hero.. LOL By your logic then we will need a re assessment every few years or so... Save the 2 million and get rid of real estate taxes all together... and what makes you think these re assessment will be true market value? These are basically drive by appraisals based on the size of the house, land, out buildings, not by what is sold that's similar.

There will be a slew of appeals coming.. and the city will suffer with this proposal.
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May 21, 2010
 
carl wrote:
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Hero.. LOL By your logic then we will need a re assessment every few years or so... Save the 2 million and get rid of real estate taxes all together... and what makes you think these re assessment will be true market value? These are basically drive by appraisals based on the size of the house, land, out buildings, not by what is sold that's similar.
There will be a slew of appeals coming.. and the city will suffer with this proposal.
I couldn't agree more!! Unfortunately I have to agree with Stoehler on this issue. The people obviously have a vested interest in property in Lebanon County. Maybe Stoehler is just sticking up for "buddies", and by that I mean because they are who the county has dealt with before, but I believe he has a point with all of the appeals. Litz needs to open her eyes also. Stating that they are going to go over the books for quality control!!! How nieve!
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May 21, 2010
 
carl wrote:
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Hero.. LOL By your logic then we will need a re assessment every few years or so... Save the 2 million and get rid of real estate taxes all together... and what makes you think these re assessment will be true market value? These are basically drive by appraisals based on the size of the house, land, out buildings, not by what is sold that's similar.
There will be a slew of appeals coming.. and the city will suffer with this proposal.
If the assessment is organized in a well created database, an update every three years to adjust the prevailing "price per square foot" for the area and type of home will generate new assessed values at very low cost.

Do you think the system as set up is fair? Do you think that the current assessed values are accurate? Fair minded people must answer NO to both questions, and assuming you agree, then what would you propose as the solution to fix the system?
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#11
May 21, 2010
 
already told yah.. Keep it simple get rid of the property tax
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#12
May 21, 2010
 
carl wrote:
already told yah.. Keep it simple get rid of the property tax
Agreed, Adams county assessors were here a month ago photographing everything from gazebos to garden sheds. It used to be anything on a foundation was all that could be assessed. That has changed to anything of structure. Pole buildings, movable sheds, alpine houses. Another way of screwing us who own property.
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#13
May 21, 2010
 
While a county-wide reassessment of properties is the only proper way to do any reassessment, two simple facts remain.

First, if the results indicate an increase across the board of all homes in the county, then the company is a scam. There may be some increases for older homes that haven't been reassessed for 20 years, but newer properties built in the last five years have actually lost value.

Second, the property tax is a SCAM! It is, by it's nature, unfair and unreasonable and should be eliminated.
Funky Tut

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#14
May 21, 2010
 
The Good Ol' Boy Train rolls on....

2 million dollars? What could these people doing that possibly costs that much?

It costs 2 million to look at something and say it's worth "X"?

Where can I get that job?
mike

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May 22, 2010
 
Funky Tut wrote:
The Good Ol' Boy Train rolls on....
2 million dollars? What could these people doing that possibly costs that much?
It costs 2 million to look at something and say it's worth "X"?
Where can I get that job?
You are so correct.....notice the headlines....court ordered........

THE SOUTH 8TH STREET GANG STRIKES AGAIN
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#16
May 22, 2010
 
All because two nit wits in Anville, yes Annville got a bug up there a$$. With the help of a L. V. C professor.
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#17
May 22, 2010
 
Becuase of the way the real estate market is these reassesment are just going to bring property values down, therfore less Tax revenue. What was a 300K home 3 years ago is a 175K today, dont take my word for it, get someone to do appraisal on your property, you will see your taxes go down. I garauntee it! Not a single home is worth more than it was 5 years ago, I am in the buisness and I am telling you, get an apraissal and take that in, you should be paying a lot less.
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#18
May 22, 2010
 
thomas paine wrote:
All because two nit wits in Anville, yes Annville got a bug up there a$$. With the help of a L. V. C professor.
Whudaucare? You don't pay taxes nohow.
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#19
May 23, 2010
 
Funky Tut wrote:
The Good Ol' Boy Train rolls on....
2 million dollars? What could these people doing that possibly costs that much?
It costs 2 million to look at something and say it's worth "X"?
Where can I get that job?
a bonefide appraisal costs about $300 and how many taxable properties are in Leb co?
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#20
May 24, 2010
 
OMG...This is not good news for our county…speaking from experience with these folks in Luzerne County, C-21 Appraisers, were not only inaccurate, but unprofessional, clearly working with erroneous data and misguided processes….we are in for a fight and a complete mess…sometimes the lowest bidder, is not necessarily the most competent bidder….grab your ankles – shame on you LebCoCtyComm for not doing your due diligence in researching this vendor…looking just at $$$...this will come back and cost us more and more and …

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