Hey Jude, good rant for sure and it sure made me sad reading it........I feel for you man thats a bad trip and I could almost envision your business
and nice you got it looking.
A few years ago I was out back of our single story home (very humble and small) working in the yard when a lady walked in through the gate.
It was a really hot hot day with high humidity, she introduces herself as the tax assessor and wants to know about our home inside and out for tax
Well right off the bat I am thinking that our basement is listed as "unfinished" which is not true.......that is probably worth about $400.00 more per
So I pull out the charm and ask her if she would like a glass of ice water or pop, she said please so asked her to make herself comfortable at out
shaded picnic table and I would be right back.
I rush back outside to serve her drink and she asked me if she could smoke?
I already had an ashtray on the table and I could not believe my luck as she was making small talk and really enjoying the shade and the drink.
Myself with a history of retail work went customer relations 101 mode and started with questioning her job and how she liked it. After we got that
discussion finished we went to family and then gardening.......by this time she has her shoes off and is quite relaxed and so am I until she asked me
what changes we have made to the house?
Now we did change a bedroom into a dining room, and as I said the basement is listed as raw/ unfinished but that is how we bought the house.
so I told her that we put new windows in and re-finished the hard wood floors.
She pulls out a book and makes a few notes and then has another smoke and then says to me have a nice day and thanks for the drink and rest.
By golly was I happy!!!!!!
Mind you we are due for another assessment soon and I am sure we won't luck out twice with it.
You are correct on the over taxation and the punishment for trying to do right.
S$F Regards, Iwinder
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