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  • no doubt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Also, worth while mentioning that the bang for your buck isn't very high. When your paying for in St. John's, Mount Pearl areas now for 250 275 grand are square boxs, generally ugly houses with no lawn. Rock on.

  • Pissed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    You would really think the value would be going DOWN with the economy. If people are not working, not able to buy what is out there now makes you really wonder the logic behind an increase. Sure it sounds great, Danny will buy my home and lots for more then I paid for them even though they are not worth anymore.

    Yup, makes 100% sense.

    Guess the only ones that are going to see anything from this will be the Province and wages for them, real-estate agents that manage to sell for a little more, the tax man when it comes to capital gains taxes. SO at the end of the day the poor out of work home owner gets the crappy end once again. Nuttin new here.

    I can not afford the taxes as it is NOW and still can not drink the dam water. So what now do I pay for and why do I need to pay even more?

  • M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    THREE years? Yeah, RIGHT!!! I moved into my new house not quite TWO years ago and the hassle that i've had from that Municipal Assessment agency has been UNbelievable. Not one month after i'd moved in, i was receiving phone calls on almost a daily basis. EACH and EVERY time, i kept telling the harrasser-assessor that nothing had been done with the house to improve it, and he kept asking, over and over again, about my propane fireplace' . THERE WAS no fireplace!!! If anyone drives by a house, you can easily see if that house has such a thing, because you can easily spot the propane TANK and the dog on the side of the house. LAST summer, i had a shed put in my yard, and guess what I got in my mail? A PROPERTY assessment, one and a HALF yrs after i'd moved in here. THREE yrs my rear! So if i get assessed AGAIN in 2010, that will be THREE assessments in THREE years.

    And of COURSE you'll see improvements in services offered by places like Torbay, Paradise and Mount Pearl. So does THIS mean i WON't have a mini-marble mountain put on my front lawn every winter, and STILL have an extra 4 feet of driveway to shovel? Or that the roads might actually be plowed BEFORE 11 in the AM? Or that i won't have to buy 3 garbage nets every single year, because the councils will supply them when they get STOLEN? Or not have a new house practically built right on top of me, because the council didn't bother to check if the contracors were actually paying attention to property lines? Go have a look at Paradise-Lost,there - if you went out on your back deck and sneezed, you'd spray the neighbours living directly across from you, or beside you. Yeah, increased services and beautification i'm sure, for all the increased revenues........SURE........IN my dreams.

  • annd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Talk about a windfall- here we are with the economy in a downturn & our properties are being assessed at the top of the cycle & locked in for 3 years. This will only put more people out of their homes.

  • Bones
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    The time will come when the city will have to make the public aware that they need to tax our behinds off to provide them the cash they need. It seems the only way they can create revenue is to just take it from small business and property owners under the not so clever disguise of inflation.
    Rest assured, property owners will receive no enhancements or upgraded services when the assessments go up. All this adds up to nothing more than a bigger bottom line for the city, at the expense of the property owners in the city.
    I can't help but wonder about the man arrested at city hall a few days ago because of a dispute with the city. Was he one of the first victims of one of the city's adjustments? You can bet there will be more.

  • Kate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Prices of houses have been inflated big time over the last few years. And you may wonder why property assessments may increase. Pleeeese!

  • Wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Talk about nit wits. The bottom is gone out ouf house values with this depression and these idiots are valueing properties as if this never happened. Fair Market Value of Properties have decreased rather that increasing. If they put this in place there should be an uprising.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Big unions getting increases......cities want their share too!!! Who's next to up the anti?

  • newfie on the mainland
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    It is terrible that a young family from NL living in Ontario has no chance to return home due to the over inflation of the NL housing market. We are our own worst enemy; We start selling a bit of oil and suddenly the streets are paved with gold! If we act like fools, it's no wonder the government treats us like fools and jacks up property assessments across the island.
    It took Alberta housing prices 20 years to rise in conjunction with the growing oil based economy. We have to realize that it will take time for the true economic benefits of the oil industry to spread throughout other areas of the economy. We cannot double our housing prices in a few years and not expect the government to look for it's share.

    True newfie fashion...it's always someone else's fault and never our own!

  • Sage_Townie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Let's focus on assessing those who choose to live in rural areas and get off living on the cheap, yet expect the gov't to spend tax payers' money to build and maintain very long highways and other services to nowhere (communities with only a handful of people). It's very unfair we have to subsidize THEIR way of living where infrastructure support is extremely disproportional to the population.

  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    NO TAX INCREASE I PROMISE OOPS ASSEMENTS GO UP CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT WE WANT TAX PAYERS TO KNOW WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR PENSIONS LOOKED AFTER FIRST.

  • Robert B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Has anyone every gone into the web site for the MAA? Try it and you will be supprised at the different values even on your own street.

    Pick Grand Falls-Windsor as an example and you can find a lot of different values.

    With the closing of the mill around the corner and the town in a housing boom, the values are being done at the wrong time.

    I listened to a Nflder in Ft Mac yesterday say how a house he purchased for $650000 just six months ago was now lucky to get half if he sold. The same will apply here if thing don't turn around.

    There has to be a better way to arrange for market conditions.

    I would like to suggest that towns like GFW, look at cutting expenses within town budgets. The town of GFW is too top heavey with management and departments. Just go to their web site and seel all the names and departments listed.

    We are about to lose a major tax base, and yet the town council has made no plans to join departments or reduce management jobs.

    I think it's time for the Auditor General do a check on spending in GFW. If not then it's time for the Telegram to help the people of GFW see where our tax dollars are being spent.

  • ann
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I get really cheesed off about paying higher property taxes just to maintain my property & the slum landlord next door gets a break for letting his dumps get worse. It's time for City & Town councils to get after these leeches. Bring in better minimum standards & enforce the existing by-laws.

  • no doubt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Also, worth while mentioning that the bang for your buck isn't very high. When your paying for in St. John's, Mount Pearl areas now for 250 275 grand are square boxs, generally ugly houses with no lawn. Rock on.

  • Pissed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    You would really think the value would be going DOWN with the economy. If people are not working, not able to buy what is out there now makes you really wonder the logic behind an increase. Sure it sounds great, Danny will buy my home and lots for more then I paid for them even though they are not worth anymore.

    Yup, makes 100% sense.

    Guess the only ones that are going to see anything from this will be the Province and wages for them, real-estate agents that manage to sell for a little more, the tax man when it comes to capital gains taxes. SO at the end of the day the poor out of work home owner gets the crappy end once again. Nuttin new here.

    I can not afford the taxes as it is NOW and still can not drink the dam water. So what now do I pay for and why do I need to pay even more?

  • M
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    THREE years? Yeah, RIGHT!!! I moved into my new house not quite TWO years ago and the hassle that i've had from that Municipal Assessment agency has been UNbelievable. Not one month after i'd moved in, i was receiving phone calls on almost a daily basis. EACH and EVERY time, i kept telling the harrasser-assessor that nothing had been done with the house to improve it, and he kept asking, over and over again, about my propane fireplace' . THERE WAS no fireplace!!! If anyone drives by a house, you can easily see if that house has such a thing, because you can easily spot the propane TANK and the dog on the side of the house. LAST summer, i had a shed put in my yard, and guess what I got in my mail? A PROPERTY assessment, one and a HALF yrs after i'd moved in here. THREE yrs my rear! So if i get assessed AGAIN in 2010, that will be THREE assessments in THREE years.

    And of COURSE you'll see improvements in services offered by places like Torbay, Paradise and Mount Pearl. So does THIS mean i WON't have a mini-marble mountain put on my front lawn every winter, and STILL have an extra 4 feet of driveway to shovel? Or that the roads might actually be plowed BEFORE 11 in the AM? Or that i won't have to buy 3 garbage nets every single year, because the councils will supply them when they get STOLEN? Or not have a new house practically built right on top of me, because the council didn't bother to check if the contracors were actually paying attention to property lines? Go have a look at Paradise-Lost,there - if you went out on your back deck and sneezed, you'd spray the neighbours living directly across from you, or beside you. Yeah, increased services and beautification i'm sure, for all the increased revenues........SURE........IN my dreams.

  • annd
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Talk about a windfall- here we are with the economy in a downturn & our properties are being assessed at the top of the cycle & locked in for 3 years. This will only put more people out of their homes.

  • Bones
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    The time will come when the city will have to make the public aware that they need to tax our behinds off to provide them the cash they need. It seems the only way they can create revenue is to just take it from small business and property owners under the not so clever disguise of inflation.
    Rest assured, property owners will receive no enhancements or upgraded services when the assessments go up. All this adds up to nothing more than a bigger bottom line for the city, at the expense of the property owners in the city.
    I can't help but wonder about the man arrested at city hall a few days ago because of a dispute with the city. Was he one of the first victims of one of the city's adjustments? You can bet there will be more.

  • Kate
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Prices of houses have been inflated big time over the last few years. And you may wonder why property assessments may increase. Pleeeese!

  • Wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Talk about nit wits. The bottom is gone out ouf house values with this depression and these idiots are valueing properties as if this never happened. Fair Market Value of Properties have decreased rather that increasing. If they put this in place there should be an uprising.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Big unions getting increases......cities want their share too!!! Who's next to up the anti?

  • newfie on the mainland
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    It is terrible that a young family from NL living in Ontario has no chance to return home due to the over inflation of the NL housing market. We are our own worst enemy; We start selling a bit of oil and suddenly the streets are paved with gold! If we act like fools, it's no wonder the government treats us like fools and jacks up property assessments across the island.
    It took Alberta housing prices 20 years to rise in conjunction with the growing oil based economy. We have to realize that it will take time for the true economic benefits of the oil industry to spread throughout other areas of the economy. We cannot double our housing prices in a few years and not expect the government to look for it's share.

    True newfie fashion...it's always someone else's fault and never our own!

  • Sage_Townie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Let's focus on assessing those who choose to live in rural areas and get off living on the cheap, yet expect the gov't to spend tax payers' money to build and maintain very long highways and other services to nowhere (communities with only a handful of people). It's very unfair we have to subsidize THEIR way of living where infrastructure support is extremely disproportional to the population.

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    NO TAX INCREASE I PROMISE OOPS ASSEMENTS GO UP CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT WE WANT TAX PAYERS TO KNOW WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR PENSIONS LOOKED AFTER FIRST.

  • Robert B
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Has anyone every gone into the web site for the MAA? Try it and you will be supprised at the different values even on your own street.

    Pick Grand Falls-Windsor as an example and you can find a lot of different values.

    With the closing of the mill around the corner and the town in a housing boom, the values are being done at the wrong time.

    I listened to a Nflder in Ft Mac yesterday say how a house he purchased for $650000 just six months ago was now lucky to get half if he sold. The same will apply here if thing don't turn around.

    There has to be a better way to arrange for market conditions.

    I would like to suggest that towns like GFW, look at cutting expenses within town budgets. The town of GFW is too top heavey with management and departments. Just go to their web site and seel all the names and departments listed.

    We are about to lose a major tax base, and yet the town council has made no plans to join departments or reduce management jobs.

    I think it's time for the Auditor General do a check on spending in GFW. If not then it's time for the Telegram to help the people of GFW see where our tax dollars are being spent.

  • ann
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I get really cheesed off about paying higher property taxes just to maintain my property & the slum landlord next door gets a break for letting his dumps get worse. It's time for City & Town councils to get after these leeches. Bring in better minimum standards & enforce the existing by-laws.