Ketchikan Property Tax Assessments
By Hunter Davis
January 22, 2007
Concerning the new property assessments, mine jumped 57 (yes,
fifty-seven) percent. For a paint job? Our land decreased and
our improvements took off like a Space Shuttle.
There has been no changes to square footage, still the same since
it was built in 1908. No changes to the interior, no changes
to amenities, but we did get a badly needed paint job (which
is already blistering).
When we purchased the house, the VA would not lend us the asking
price. They could not get a current appraisal (I know, not the
same, but that is another sore spot) because there were no similar
houses sold within the city for the rating period. So who exactly
am I being compared to? This is a 99 year old house, in one of
the oldest sections of the city. There are newer, bigger homes
up on the ridge, are they being used as comparison?
Disgruntled, dismayed, and Disgusted,
Received January 21, 2007 - Published January 22, 2007
About: "Short term (7
yrs) resident of Ketchikan."
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