Property taxes on the rise

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Property taxes

on the rise

Tax assessments are out with some big increases, but doesn’t seem to be any rhyme nor reason (i.e. commercial property up in Priest River by 33 percent from the ones I checked).

Where do they get their facts? Some homes stayed the same, some up 12 percent. Raw land apparently stayed the same. Priest Lake property on the lake up big time also, some 23 percent. I hear that there is a group at Priest Lake that is going to sue the county?

Anyway, all this is worth checking out. Does the assessor’s office actually have the comparison sales to verify the increases in valuation? How many appeals are they getting versus normal? Just for info, don’t quote me, I just sent in six myself.

This info, is just furnished so you can get some perspective to check things out. It is not a normal year, when business property goes up 33 percent and lake property 23 percent. I don’t think there are many comparison sales.

ROGER GREGORY

Priest River

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