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  • #1256
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    I see Madison’s Mayor came up with his new budget today. It will cost the average homeowner $60 more per year. For what, less services? With how Madison is run taxes should go down.

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  • #19572
    GaribaldiGaribaldi
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    Madison pays some of the highest taxes in the nation! 😯

    #19573
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    I see someone is going to spearhead a campaign to recall Mayor Dave. I will sign the petition. I believe he is out of touch with the average person. He has his own agenda which doesn’t match those of the majority of the people.

    #19574
    GaribaldiGaribaldi
    Keymaster

    When is his term up anyway?

    #19575
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    I think he has another two years.

    #19576
    GaribaldiGaribaldi
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    Two years too long

    #19577
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    Maybe Mayor Dave won’t have to worry about a budget next year if he gets recalled.

    #19578
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    I received my tax bill the other day and it actually went down. I was shocked.

    #19579
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Nick – You won’t believe what happened out here in Fitchburg. We were physically re-assessed this year, for the first time in about 8 years. In years past, homeowners received an indexed increase in the value of their homes. I have a modest three bedroom home (25 years old). The assessed value of my home went up 85K dollars this year. Granted, Fitchburg tells us that the mil rate will be reduced, but I am not believing it. I haven’t received my tax bill yet for 2005. My 2004 taxes went up $800 from the year before because I happen to be in the Verona Area school district, and not the Madison school district. I can just about promise you that my taxes will take a huge increase again this year. It would be a blessing to receive a tax bill and see that the taxes have gone down from the previous year.

    Marshall

    #19580
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    Marshall

    That is ridiculous. How do they expect people to be able to afford increases like that. They are pricing people out of living in this state. My taxes didn’t go down much(about $90), but they did go down. I don’t agree with politics in Madison, but they did hold the line this year.

    Nick

    #19581
    GaribaldiGaribaldi
    Keymaster

    I was so surpised to hear Nick say that, it is a big relief. Its really shocking to imagine though!

    #19582
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Well, I am still on pins and needles. Christmas is coming and I haven’t received my tax bill yet. I have no hope that my taxes will go down. If they don’t go up another $1,000 from last year, I will be thankful. And once again, you need to keep in mind that I am talking about a very modest, 25 year old, 3 bedroom ranch house. Hypothetically speaking, if my taxes do go up another $1,000 this year, my tax bill will be $5,800! I think that this is outrageous.

    Marshall

    #19583
    GaribaldiGaribaldi
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    We’re no better off in Madison. From what I understand Wisconsin has the highest (or at least one of the highest) tax rates in America today 😯

    #19584
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    I didn’t realize Fitchburg was reaccessing this year. Madison has not done that in many years. They must think that money grows on trees. Don’t they realize that most workers have not had decent raises for a number of years.

    #19585
    GTO ManGTO Man
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    Marshall

    Can you contest it? Alot of times that backfires and they raise it more.

    #19586
    AvatarAnonymous
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    It was really bizarre the way it worked out.

    We received our new assessments on the day that the open review/appeals period was scheduled to end. Fitchburg did extend the period to review the assessments and appeal, but only by a few days. You can only imagine how many people were at the city building waiting to compare their assessments with their neighbors and “comparables”. It appeared to me that it would not be possible to go through the appeal process before the time limits expired.

    I know this sounds like a “defeatist” attitude, but I believe any city, be it Fitchburg or anywhere else, can and does use assessments, mil rates, fair market values, etc., to “cook the books” just the way that they want them, so that revenue is generated to pay ever increasing salaries, services, expansions, new school projects, etc. I don’t know that any individual taxpaper can fight city hall and actually come out on top or end up with a satisfactory settlement. I am certain that it could be done with a competent real estate attorney, but who wants to spend the money on an uncertain outcome?
    Marshall

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