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Assessment woes

   Rock groups in the 1960s and '70s took on a lot of causes, from Vietnam, to civil rights, to the ecology. But only Creedence Clearwater Revival had the guts to take on property assessment:

  "Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,

   Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.

   But when the taxman comes to the door,

   Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale."

   - Fortunate Son, 1970

   You know us so well, John Fogerty.

   When the reassessment notice arrives in the mail, we complain that our house isn't worth that much, that the assessor must be crazy, that our neighbor's house is worth much more than ours - unless, of course, we want to sell our house. Then we tell the Realtor that the assessor missed a lot.

   As much as we don't want to pay more taxes, isn't an increase in our property's value ultimately a good thing? Would you rather live in a house that is decreasing in value?

   --- Bruce Andriatch

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