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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Property Taxes

Was a little surprised at the structure valuation. We bought our property in Northern Clinton County last spring. It had a useable mobile home on the property (12x50),bldg was tax valued at $2100. We removed the mobile and bought a "shabin" type structure(12x32) sitting on a stone pad. Cost of the structure approx. $8700. We recieved the revised statement and land is the same but the structure valuation jumped to $10700. We were surprised since the mobile was useable and larger. Do you other "shabin" type owners have similar tax valuations on the bldg?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 12:38 PM
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Don't recall the exact figures now, but when we put a 12x20 building on our Tioga Co. property in 1980, it quadrupled the RE taxes.

All that was there before, was a driveway and flat area where we parked an RV trailer much of the year. Had elec. service w/mobile home "fuse box" hookup, a septic system and well. Never any RE tax reflection for the RV because it wasn't there year 'round.

Since we doubled the size of the original cabin with an addition in the mid 80s, the RE taxes now amount to around $1600 per year for the shanty and 28 acres.

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This is done on a formula, not on actual sale value or cost paid. I'm in the process of getting ready to build a home, and am getting a rather brutal course in such things.

Anyway, you can appeal this, although at the price/valuation levels you're talking, I'm not sure how much change you'll see. Apparently, with new construction, they will, on successful appeal, provide adjusted assessments that are in line with assessments prior to the last county reassessment that was performed. Rough figures bring the adjustment out to about 80% of initial valuation, but that's very generic and "rough". Results may vary, yada yada. And, this is all based on what I've learned in Berks County. Not sure how similar or different other counties are to Berks.

Not sure how that applies, if at all, to your situation, but you might look into the process for a tax appeal. I highly doubt any taxing authority would appeal/oppose the appeal, as the amount of revenue change, to them, is pretty small in the grand scheme of things.
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I hope my taxes don't go up that much just put a shed on my property! Could it the difference between a temporary and permanent residence?
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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 09:42 PM
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My wife's family owns river front lot in Lock Haven. They cannot build on it because it is deemed flowage easement by the US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. The township has classified all these lots as residential, and there is nothing that can be done. The taxes are terrible on it. Sounds like the rest of Clinton county is following suit.

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 02:01 AM
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Head north into NY...property taxes are unreal in Tioga County!
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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 09:54 AM
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Huh? Median RE taxes in the southern tier of NY are generally higher than the average for Tioga Co. Pa. Most of my NY kin grumble about their RE taxes far more than those on the PA side of the border.

Steuben Co. median: $2300
Tioga Co. Pa median: $1400

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There's actually talk in that area of NY state of wanting to secede to PA. Good luck to them, and with Wolf in place, not sure they really want that anyway...although I guess Cuomo is worse.
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 10:38 AM
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Just be glad your shabin is in pa and not nj/ny! This is a product of the state using 70% of the budget in harrisburg/philly and leaving the rest to fend on its own. Than you get city slickers in rural areas that have done without and they want changes, well that costs$$$ can run on empty...

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 10:51 AM
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Supporting DennyF on this one. Definitely want to be south of the border in regards to RE taxes.

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