I probably haven't helped my cause any by telling our county tax assessor where he could go more than a few times. Anyone who knows Joe Galbo of Crawford County,,...give him my warmest regards.
I can relate.
When I built my house in the mid 70s, the initial assessment was ridiculous, so I filed an appeal. Went to the courthouse and gathered the assessments of similar houses in my area. All were far lower than mine was and all were completely finished.
My cape cod had an unfinished second floor, so it was basically a two bedroom ranch with a really big "attic".
Chief county assessor assured me I had filed the appeal in time. Eventually an assessor came out to meet at our house and we spent over an hour haggling at the kitchen table.
The arrogant schmuck kept telling me that the other houses were of inferior quality, even after I told him we'd built two of them within 400 yards from my place. He finally dropped our assessment by a meager amount, was still higher than any of the other neighborhood cape cods.
His final words were, that since the deadline had passed, I'd have to pay the taxes based on the original assessment. When I pointed out that his boss had told me the opposite, he snarled upon leaving that I could hire an attorney and take them to court.
Coupla years later the same bozo showed up while I was home eating lunch, wanted to know if I'd finished the second floor yet? Asked him if they'd gotten any building permits from our twp. yet, for a reassessment?
Exchanged some other unpleasantries and left him standing there at the open door on the porch, talking to himself.
When I got back to work on our job site, there he was to assess the townhouses we were building. Boss asked me to show him around, told boss somebody else should do it, too many open excavations around there that might tempt me.