Appeal your property tax

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2000

Well folks, did you get your property assessments? I did and it was $100,000 higher than last year. Seems that most property owners and also businesses were hit hard. So hard that many of these businesses and property owners will feel a definite hardship.

This is a disgrace. Why? Because of the city budget shortfall. Word has come down from on high that more money is needed to fund city government. These are the people we vote for and some are hired to just do their job. And these are the people working for us.

Yes, we are paying the wages to the same people that are sticking it to us. Are they bad? No, absolutely not. They have jobs, families and property just like you. It is the ``system'' that feeds on itself that drives the out-of-control government spending. On what?

Schools and police are fine. But how about Parks and Recreation? How about flowers being planted? How about Eaglecrest? How about all those new vehicles we see driving around and many of them going home at night?

What can we do about it? Well, if you're like me with a full-time job, a family and a mortgage to pay - you may have just enough time to appeal your property taxes. You only have until April 28, but it's easy for those of you that haven't done it before. Start by reading the back of your assessment card. Call the assessor's office at 586-5220. They can fax it, they can mail it or you can pick up the form at the assessor's office at 155 South Seward St., Room 114. It's just one easy form.

It is time to stand up and be counted about this ridiculous excessive taxation we are being told to pay. Nowhere in state law does it say, ``stick and squeeze every penny you can from the people.''

Ron HaffnerJuneau



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