I thought that the reassessment topic had run its course in your paper. Obviously, I was wrong. James T. Donovan ("The County Didn't Care About Correct Assessments," Sept. 1 letters) seems angry over his assessment increase. I, too, was angry when I received my reassessment. It rose $51,000, but $36,200 of it was the increased value of my two-thirds acre lot. I appealed and they adjusted the building value by $9,700. The land value is a constant and it remained the same.
Now I just blame it on bad luck. If I had drawn the same assessor that two of my neighbors had, my assessment would have risen only a few thousand dollars. One's land increased $38,800 but his assessment only rose by $2,900. Another's land value increased by $36,300 and the assessment only rose by $3,800.
Although the buildings are fairly nice, I guess the assessor thought that they were overvalued.
At any rate, no appeals were filed, so I would think that the taxing bodies were satisfied, but I would have preferred that at least the school district had filed appeals out of curiosity since if the assessments are faulty, other taxpayers would have to make up the difference.
As for letter writer Thomas M. Streyle of Hampton ("The Tax Burden," Sept. 1), bills like HB/SB 76 seem to pop up around election time, so don't put too much stock in them. They're generally "for re-election purposes only."