So this morning we met with Mike from the Assessment office. He was basically there to check on the number of bathrooms and look at the foundation to make sure it wasn’t crumbling. He did and while he was looking in the basement, I mentioned that the house had also been listed incorrectly as a 2 family when it was obviously only a 1 family. He said that he wasn’t aware of that and when he looked at his sheet, yup, there it was. They never mentioned it to him! They only said check the bathrooms and foundation…The family listing was right up there in our complaint…whatever. I’m a little annoyed about that, but what can you do? Anyway, he said he’d make the change personally and as of noon today we should be correctly listed as a single family residence. Woohoo!
He did say that the Board of Assessment has already been through the B’s (our street starts with B) so a decision has pretty much been rendered, but since we had complaints about how the house was listed, they will more than likely revisit our complaint and hopefully (fingers crossed) we will get a lower assessment by July 1st. I did come right out and ask him what he thought the value of our house was having seen the inside and he said that what we were asking as a value was very fair and that it was very likely the board would come down to just a smidge higher than what we were asking for.
So, hopefully come July 1st, I’ll get some notification of what our new assessment is going to be. I’m hoping that it’s right around the 130 we were claiming.
Oh, and for those of you who read this blog and are homeowners, you should check out what your assessment is EVERY YEAR and check out the values of the homes selling in your area to see if you are being assessed fairly. When your city changes your assessment, they have to notify you and you are allowed to contest it so it’s in your best interest to do so!