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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Building a new camp in potter

After looking at huntrodyg crossfork camp post I never gave it a thought that if I tore down my old camp and went with something new that the tax rate would change.Does anybody know what % of the original structure must stay? I'm in pike twp in potter thanks for any answers
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 01:36 PM
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Re: Building a new camp in potter

While I'm sure you just want a good guess right now, make sure you check with local government before you get stuck with something you didn't expect.

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Re: Building a new camp in potter

Im not a tax expert but wouldnt it still go up even if you just did a renovation to the existing structure? Once the tax officials know there is work being done they will be out to reassess the value.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 01:41 PM
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Re: Building a new camp in potter

Usually any remaining part or "replaced" part of an original structure counts for that percentage left and anything added beyond what was there, is taxed as additional square footage.

Once had a major haggle with the tax assessor, when we demolished what had been a small kitchen wing on a house and built a large addition, with new kitchen, bath and family room. He refused to deduct the square footage of what been the kitchen and added it up as an entirely new addition of square footage. On appeal, the county reversed his findings and deducted what had been the old kitchen wing, from the footprint of the new part.

If the original structure disappears completely, then ya start over. A new structure will typically be assessed at it's current value, reflecting a higher value than an old building.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 01:50 PM
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Re: Building a new camp in potter

My friend bought a camp and built a "new" house around it and pays way less than me per year in taxes. Not sure how much of the old place he left, i'm thinkin just part of the foundation or a exterior wall but the tax break was well worth it.
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