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You gotta be kidding...

The county tax assessor has a sense of humor. They tried to do this to me last year, and failed miserably. I find it amusing to see that they're trying again, but it's not that funny if I have to pay more in property taxes.

Still, to try to raise the assessed value of my house (for tax purposes) when Houston has finally been hit with a housing slump takes some balls.

I immediately filed a protest, and I cited the house down the street that's about 50 square feet bigger than mine is and was on the market for months at a listing of about $50,000 less than what they assessed me as being worth.

I suspect that, again, they'll capitulate to my demands and keep my property assessment around the same as it was last year.

The funny part will be when I simultaneously am arguing to a bank that my house is worth so much more than the assessed value when I'm trying to get a home construction loan.

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djmermaid
Apr. 1st, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
isn't that one of the skills you learn in lawyer school? how to argue two opposing things (before breakfast)? ;-)
archaica
Apr. 1st, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing....
electricland
Apr. 1st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
me too! in fact my grandfather (a lawyer, although he only appeared in court once) had a joke about this, the punchline of which goes "So he said 'This is what my learned colleague will tell you. However, m'lud...' and proceeded to argue the opposite side."
cz_unit
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Hm. I always try to be fair with the tax assessment thing: If I really think the house is worth enough to set a value for a construction loan then I would want to pay the appropriate taxes on it.

Always try and be fair in all dealings. It's just not worth the extra hundred bucks to fiddle around.

Just my thoughts.
texaslawchick
Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
The value is going to always be a range. I push for the upper on getting loans and the lower on being taxed. Neither one is wrong.

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