Ketchikan's property assessments
By Chas Edwardson
February 23, 2009
I was talking to a friend of mine in church the other day and
he was dazed, amazed, confused and not in a good way. And he
is not alone in this. As many in Ketchikan have stared in awe
at their borough's assessments and property tax statements, we
marvel at the mysterious powers Ketchikan seems to have. We are
in the midst of one of the nations worst recessions in our lifetime.
In fact not many of the generation of a worse economic crisis
are left to draw off of any sort of reference on how to handle
such a serious economic down turn.
Throughout the nation - virtually in every state of the union
- house values are plummeting. People are paying off houses that
are worth much less than what their mortgage is and this is one
of the fundamental straws that broke the financial camel's back.
Again everywhere in the nation house values are plummeting -
"everywhere except Ketchikan, Alaska". It seems that
house values are increasing and so are property values by some
mysterious anomaly of nature our house values are skyrocketing,
and what is even more mysterious is even though the dwindling
population and the tough job market is affecting Ketchikan, we
here in Ketchikan seem to in some way keep coming up with the
money to pay the taxes for these mysterious property value increases.
Also to add to the mystery we do not even have to do any home
improvements or any type of upgrades to our homes or property
for property values to mystically up themselves in value. Whatever
magical system that has created itself in the form of houses
automatically becoming more valuable without the aide of homeowner
induced improvements is absolutely amazing.
Maybe we should send Obama
our formula and he can throw that magical formula in his nation
saving stimulus package and Ketchikan, Alaska will be credited
with helping solve this economic crises by helping the nation
up the value of their homes without any effort, improvements,
intentions, or means to improve their home or property.
We should all encourage the
borough assessment team from Ketchikan to share this potentially
nation saving formula with the world .
Received February 12, 2009
- Published February 23, 2009
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