Letter: Shocking tax bill
In receiving my March tax bill, I was shocked to see that my taxes had nearly doubled. At age 75, retired and on Social Security, I cannot believe the red tape one needs to go through in trying to get obvious mistakes corrected on the city’s tax assessment form. At the assessor’s office I was informed that my taxes doubled because I was being assessed as a commercial property. This was news to me. When I explained that no business has ever been conducted on this property, that it had been posted and gated for over 30 years, I was told that my only recourse was to file a tax abatement form.
After filing the abatement form, I was told by the assessor’s office that an assessor would need to visit the property. During the visit, he measured and took pictures of every room and also of materials I store to maintain my road and fields. He said if I complained, they could assess my road as a building lot because of its length. He also told us that if the property were classified as residential, it would be assessed a lot more than commercial.
It’s unbelievable to me that a Concord resident should have to go through the expense and complicated process of filing an abatement request, being intimidated by an assessor and subjected to an invasion of privacy, when I am only interested in having their inaccuracies corrected and being fairly assessed. Incidentally, my 1990 assessment was $17,750. Today it’s $214,300.