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April 17, 2005

correct premoitions

Nothing bad happened to me at the Wreckll on Jekyll Georgia Writer's Workshop. I had a good time and didn't make an ass out of myself a single time, which is unique for me. (I'll gossip about some OTHER PEOPLE later, after I get some sleep).

But when I arrived back home today, I checked my mail. Sure enough, the Effingham County Tax Assessor sent me a cold-hearted note, printed by a cold-blooded computer. My property and home are now worth $15,000 more than they were last year. My taxes went up accordingly.

Those blood-sucking assholes! I would be more than happy to sell this fucking toxic waste-dump to THEM for what THEY say it is worth. Cut me a check and it's yours tomorrow! TAKE IT!!! And I'll even throw in most of the furnishings, including all the dirty dishes in my sink.

I'm going to appeal this bullshit. Either I'm one of the most clever real estate investors who ever lived, able to buy a got-dam CRACKERBOX and have it almost double in value over three years, or I'm getting fucked.

Which do YOU think it is?

Comments

BOHICA , my friend. And welcome back!

Posted by: Chablis on April 17, 2005 07:33 PM

In Heinlein's "Number of the Beast" he has a best of all possible worlds where all tax is raised by proprety rates based on the valuation owners put on it - the catch being that they can be made to sell at that.

Posted by: neil craig on April 17, 2005 08:01 PM

Just damn to the trip. See no one or nothing is out to get you !

On the "Box", look at all the money you'll make when you sell it some day, tax free, you betcha!

Posted by: Up Norf Dude on April 17, 2005 08:07 PM

The appraisal district says: the elected officials set the rate. The elected officials say: we gave you a tax cut! because we dropped the RATE .0001%. Vote for US!
You pay more, all the time, which is the bottom line.
System is set up to screw the taxpayer.

Posted by: robert on April 17, 2005 10:41 PM

Can I interest you in a California-style Proposition 13...?

Georgia doesn't allow ballot initiatives, unfortunately.

Posted by: McGehee on April 17, 2005 10:59 PM

Don't drop the soap

Posted by: Robert on April 17, 2005 11:57 PM

Welcome to lower interest rates and higher property values....it's happening all over the country and the bloodsucking local governments are spending like drunk sailors as a result. Now what happens after the real estate boom is over? Not lower taxes....even though the property values drop.

Posted by: cigars on April 18, 2005 02:08 AM

We got a rude suprise when we moved into our freshly built house. The taxes the idiot developer put into the payment figures were for the land WITHOUT the house on it. The house was built, lot was appraised and the friggin payment went thru the roof. Luckily we bought below what we could afford, because that hurt, a lot. It's no wonder that every block here has at least one house for sale on it. And the poor bastards trying to sell are stuck, because they are brand new and still being built just down the street.

Posted by: RickR on April 18, 2005 10:30 AM

Does Effingham County release their GIS data? If not, I would recommend going to the administration offices and sitting down on one of their machines and looking over the plots of land near you. See if there is any reason for the increases....other than the county wanting extra tax revenue in a non-election year.

Posted by: Chris on April 18, 2005 10:36 AM

Welcome back Acidman. just another reason why property taxes are unfair and should be outlawed. Clearly a liberal Idea -- punish those successful enough in life to own property. Ok when only property owners could vote...

Posted by: hoosierboy on April 18, 2005 10:56 AM

When it comes to greed, governments and their employees have business people fairly beaten.

Oh, I know the average government worker makes no killing (though his salary is usually higher than his capabilities would win in the private sector), but I can do basic arithmetic. Multiply those modest salaries by the number receiving them (approaching 50% of the workforce), and we witness a locust plague of a ripoff.

This is why raising all taxes and introducing new ones are the only consistent policies of the admirers of obese government.

Posted by: Brett on April 18, 2005 11:05 AM

Your'e getting fucked.

Posted by: Rattfuc on April 18, 2005 03:52 PM

I get the feeling he knows that, Ratt.

Posted by: McGehee on April 18, 2005 04:29 PM

Got any pictures of the Crackerbox you'd care to share with us Rob? I've read so much about it I'm curious as to what it looks like now!

Posted by: Jason Bontrager on April 18, 2005 08:16 PM
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