Thursday, February 13, 2014

Greece Residents: Assessments Are Too High


Some see $13,000 Increase;

Many Complain They Can't Sell Their Homes For The Assessed Amount

News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean ~~ “A lot of the people I talked to don't think they could sell their house for the preliminary assessment that came in the mail.”

“Well then they should come in a talk to us and we can go over the facts and figures with them.” ~~ Greece Assessor Leo Carroll

SCATS ~~ MANY homes aren't listed for the assessed amount when they are put onto the market, and that's without the proposed increase!

 

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The entire process Leo is using is a computer program and it just increases your assessment based on an average for the area of Town the property is in.

FIRST, get a copy of your Property Inventory Sheet, Leo is required by Law to give it to you.
SECOND, compare your property to the inventory sheet and go to the ORPS site to understand the criteria.

Leo did this reval from his desk chair.

Anonymous said...

Scats off topic but relevant to previous threads.
Penfield voters approve lights for an athletic field.
What should be taken away from this development is the fact that Penfield and other east side communities have a Penthouse mentality as opposed to Greece's cellar dweller attitude. So sad but true.

SCATS said...

To 10:58AM ~~ With a "penthouse mentality" usually comes something better than the service industry salaries Greece residents bring home. If all you can afford is beans, don't develop a taste for pork ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats This was not a tax issue. It was a Capitol improvement bond reimbursed at 90% by the state? Ok, This is not free money The point is, Penfield will be the beneficiary of a return on their state tax dollars as well as ours. Their getting theirs as well as ours in reality. A smart move on their part as well as the town of Irondequoit S D when they did the same thing several years ago. Only in this town do we fail to take advantage of available state reimbursements that other districts in other communities wisely do. I say this with the full knowledge of your stance on spending $1.00 on sports programs as an important component of the educational experience, is excessive .

SCATS said...

To 2:20PM ~~ Please explain to me EXACTLY where the 90% reimbursed amount came from?? As you already stated, It is NOT free money!! It is MY TAX $$ and YOUR tax $$ and everyone else's TAX$$!

As for your quip about spending $1.oo on sports, I will once again state that I'm NOT anti-sports! I am PRO-EDUCATION!!! Education should COME FIRST ^ foremost. When we do well with academics, THEN I'll be more than happy to talk about the extras, sports included.

Care for another helping of beans?

Anonymous said...

If you live in Greece you should be higher to pay for all your scandals and desire to continue to elect criminals, you get what you pay for. I am sure the new guy will go after the tax payer and some poor slob that works for the town and call it better fiscal management, but behind the curtain he will be handing out your money like it is his to keep his kid in a job.

Anonymous said...

With the freeze on tax rates, and the increasing PILOT programs and other COMIDA giveaways, we know that the only way to raise revenue is to increase the assessment. It's not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

Scats so typical of you when someone gets the best of you in response to your insulting comments. Simply don't post the evidence lmfao!!!

SCATS said...

To 9:33AM ~~ What insulting remark? My comment about pork and beans insulted you?? Kinda thin-skinned there, aren't we? lol

Evidence of what?? Other than a short quip containing profanity, I've posted all comments received on this thread, Skippy.

I do see that my question as ignored, as is so typical on here;) When I can't beat 'em with logic, just ask a pointed question ... lol

Anonymous said...

I took my comp sheet to the town, altho my taxes didn't increase THIS year, the house a couple doors away with the same sq footage, same year built, sold for 12K UNDER my assessment, and 17K under theirs. The worksheet they have you fill out clearly states, like style, same neighborhood code, same style, as I did, and she said she would have to expand her search to a bigger radius & bigger square footage? WHAT?? Hello, that means they are not in my neighborhood, the sale price of houses in my neighborhood, regardless of style effect what I can sell my house for! This is why when you are in the market to purchase, your agent will pull comps for you.

SCATS said...

To 10:13AM ~~ I understand exactly what you are saying! I've seen local homes sell for $10K plus less than assessement value BUT they raised the assessed value for next year! It's crazy. As for "neighborhood codes" ... this is ridiculous! How can a home on True Hickory bought for $140K+ be in the "same neighborhood" as one on Bonesteel that sells for $80K?? It makes NO sense at all.

Anonymous said...

The assessment review board consists of people who perform private appraisals as their business i.e. divorce, estate sales, etc. Pay for a personal appraisal by one of these assessment board members and then file a review the following year using that individuals assessment. It worked wonders for me about $35K reduction in assessment - exactly back down to his assessment

SCATS said...

To 3:26PM ~~ How much did he charge you? Is there a list of these folks for us to consult?

Anonymous said...

Cost was around $250. Don't know of any list but you can do a search for home appraisals and then look at who is sitting on the committee for assessment dispute resolutions. It's very difficult for that panel's members to dispute the findings of a member who is paid for professional assessments that are used in legal proceedings

SCATS said...

To 3:38PM ~~ I know how to go about hiring someone to get an appraisal. The question I put to you is, how do we find out WHO is sitting on that panel and what agency to contact to get an appt. with them.

Anonymous said...

I don't mean to insult but I can't guess what game you're playing on here with your question as you seem to usually have all kinds of info regarding Town proceedings. As I alluded to, go to an assessment resolution hearings, see who's sitting there, and then get an appraisal from one of those individuals. Or, post a question to all your readers who have disputed their assessments, as to whom sits on that panel and then cross reference to who also does appraisals. It was really simple for me to figure out how to beat the system.

SCATS said...

To 6:09PM ~~ I'm not playing any game, but methinks YOU are! Why not just share the info with us, if you really did as you claimed?

Anonymous said...

My proof is in my assessment reduction 3 yrs. ago. I "HAVE SHARED" exactly what I did to reduce my assessment. I can't name the names now because maybe the same players don't exist today. Regardless of that, the process should still work. Nuff said and I'm out!

SCATS said...

To 4:55PM ~~ So then, by WAITING A YEAR, you risked losing your case due to possible changes on the board! GREAT ADVICE ;)

SCATS said...

FYI ... It turns out Greece is just now seeking applicants for the assessment Review Board. So if you have any "connections" and need a job, here's the info:
"The Town of Greece is also accepting applications for appointment to the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). All applicants must be Greece Residents and possess a strong background in real estate and/or appraisal fields. The candidate should have current knowledge of market trends and have the ability to communicate with Greece constituents. Resume and Letter of Interest should be submitted to Michelle Marini, Chief of Staff, Town of Greece, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece, NY 14612. The application deadline for consideration for the BAR appointment is March 10, 2014."