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We’ve all been there. Property-taxing homeowners who’ve seen their assessments go through the roof even though an assessor never darkened their doors.
I’ve posted this previously but here it is again from the WI Reporter:
A Dover couple says their property taxes rose after they refused to let a government-contracted appraiser inside their house during a 2013 reassessment of local property values, according to a lawsuit filed late last month in Racine County Circuit Court.
The suit, submitted by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), alleges the town and Gardiner Appraisal Service assessed the property of Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald at an “excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory level” to bully the married couple into accepting “future intrusive searches.”
An assessor tried to view the parcel on Aug. 20, 2013, but left when MacDonald told the employee they could only inspect the property from the exterior, according to the lawsuit.
“State law does not require assessors to view the interior of homes, and the assessors here did not even bother asking the Plaintiffs about the condition of their home, instead assuming, without any evidence, that the Plaintiffs had engaged in costly alterations and upgrades of their interior,” the lawsuit says.
The WI Reporter has just followed up with this:
Assessors say entering houses necessary to get accurate property values
Of course they would say that. But these shysters who are yet another example of why people hate government can’t have it both ways. If you have the incredible talent and ability and authority to manipulate property values without setting foot on site, then you really don’t need to physically enter homes, do you?
To repeat, state law does not require assessors to view the interior of homes.
Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald, you’ve decided to fight City Hall. Here’s hoping you win.