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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.

WAYNE SARGENT

Concord

Legacy Comments14

NH brought in 126 million in Liquor and Wine Sales. 50% of that or 13 million is estimated to come from out of staters. What happens if NH passes a Sales Tax? I would assume NH also collects a lot of revenue from grocers, retailers, etc. What happens to the revenue from the out of staters who come here for those things? When NH raised their cig tax a few years back, Maine for the first time in 20 years saw their sales increase. Why go over the border? You will lose that revenue with a sales tax. The poorer folks will get hit the hardest and buy less. As far as casinos go. Folks in NH will just go to MA to gamble, it is closer than CT. So you lose that revenue also.

When our principal source of revenue is a single source, and that an unfair and regressive one, then such jumps are bound to happen over time. The powers that be won't hold an honest dialogue about taxes, incomes, and spending. A sales/and-or/income tax would go far to better meet NH's needs in the 21st century, and draw upon revenue from sources that are under-utilized, and in the case of income--under-taxed. Instead, they want us to believe that casino gambling is the route to salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Gambling chases the same few dollars from those who would throw their money away--lured to gambling by the vain hope they'll strike it rich. It has ever been thus. From the New England farmers of the 1840's who left their families behind for the gold fields of California to those who play the lottery daily to those addicted to slots. The target demographic is low and lower middle income folks hoping to strike it rich quick--the real American dream. Meanwhile, the rich get richer--the 1% own 40% of the nation's wealth, and laugh up their sleeves as they con another sucker into paying more while they pay less.

Maybe it is me, but it seems to me that we have had quite a few complaints about property values double or triple in value. Is it also possible that now there is something going on in distinguishing between a commercial property and one that is not? Question any state dept and you can be sure the procedure to see that you complaint is adressed will be met with tons, of paper work, stalling, phone calls not returned etc. The more steps, procedures, paperwork, etc the govt can make you jump hoops through, the odds are in their favor you will become frustrated and go away.

Isn't it unfortunate that we live in a state where a 75 year old is taxed on the perceived value of what he's owned for decades, rather than his income- and ability to pay. Folks in this situation usually end up having to sell the property because they can't afford to keep it. A sad situation.

Isn't it pretty clear that the people who will groan the loudest about property taxes are the very same ones who will scream the loudest at the suggestion of an income tax?

I don't see that his complaint is totally about "property tax". 75 on a fixed income and his "taxes had nearly doubled" in one year. Would you not complain if no changes were made to your property but the taxes almost doubled. What if there was an income tax and your salary did not change but your taxes almost doubled in one year, would you not complain when everyone else did not see the increase. The issue at hand to him was, what changed after 30 years. Property vs. income vs. sales vs. user taxes is a different argument.

whoops, my reply was responding to "gracchus"

welcome to the Republic of Concord - run & managed for eons by democrats........What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common? Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961. Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954. Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984. Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989. Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor. St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949. El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor. Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908. Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952. Newark , NJ (10th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

All of which proves exactly nothing. Coincidence is not causation.

Certainly makes one think though doesn't it.

Only if your definition of "thinking" is the act of creating an unsubstantiated inference based on an assortment of random, unrelated facts.

*Reply to your comment below - wow, someone must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning huh?

Hey sail, Time for an income tax....

If you feel that you want to give the government spendthrifts more of your hard earned money, feel free, no one is stopping you.

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