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'View Tax' Triggers Revolt in Rural N.H.
AP ^ | 10/31/05 | Katharine Webster

Posted on 10/31/2005 5:18:40 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32

The one-room cabin David Bischoff built in a cow pasture three years ago has no electricity, no running water, no phone service and no driveway. What it does have is a wide-open view of nearby hills and distant mountains _ which makes it seven times more valuable than if it had no view, according to the latest townwide property assessment. He expects his property taxes to shoot up accordingly.

Bischoff and other Orford residents bitterly call that a "view tax," and they are leading a revolt against it that has gained support in many rural towns in New Hampshire.

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: propertytax; taxrevolt; viewtax
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1 posted on 10/31/2005 5:18:41 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Houses in Netherlands used to have a "window tax" so they built very few windows into the houses.


2 posted on 10/31/2005 5:24:47 PM PST by fat city ("The nation that controls magnetism controls the world.")
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Well property taxes are based on property values... just like seaside property is worth more, I can see how some mountain property is worth more.


3 posted on 10/31/2005 5:27:59 PM PST by gondramB
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

They will lose. My oceanfront home was hit with a "view tax" ten years ago. When we won, the city had to refund all monies for 3 years, and pay our legal fees.


4 posted on 10/31/2005 5:28:53 PM PST by calrighty (Taglines for sale or let......1 liners 50 cents! C'mon troops, finish em off!!)
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To: gondramB

I'm sure the property is already assessed based on location like any other land.

If you cut down the trees next to your house and then suddenly have a "view" it shouldn't change your tax rate.


5 posted on 10/31/2005 5:37:56 PM PST by DB ()
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To: gondramB

Floridas save our home ammendment looks better and better everyday


6 posted on 10/31/2005 5:38:09 PM PST by italianquaker (Bush Derangement syndrome coming to a theatre near you)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

F'em in Orford. 236 Rats voted for Kerry, 71 for Bush in 2004. These rural tax-maggots have been putting the squeeze on the more affluent portion of the state, trying to increase our taxes in Bush country to improve the schools in thier 1 horse towns.


7 posted on 10/31/2005 5:41:38 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: evolved_rage
The state has no general income or sales tax, and the resulting high property taxes are hardest on those who are land- rich but income-poor. want to live in the sticks but have all the benefits of the towns
8 posted on 10/31/2005 5:46:07 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
"In Bischoff's case, the view added $140,000 to his property's underlying value of $22,900. As a result, he expects his property taxes to jump from less than $500 last year to more than $3,000 this year."

Wow

9 posted on 10/31/2005 5:46:22 PM PST by kanawa
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To: evolved_rage

The native types have long since been squashed by the flatlanders and the academic sexual intellectuals from nearby Dartmouth. Check out the vote tally in Lyme, which is the next town to the south and right next to Hanover (Dartmouth).


10 posted on 10/31/2005 5:46:39 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: gondramB

What if the owner is blind?


11 posted on 10/31/2005 5:47:10 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

"What if the owner is blind?"

For fairness there ought to be all kinds of exceptions to taxes - like if the person is elderly and has lived in the area since before the land became valuable... there are limits to how much that can be done...

The pumpkin and Christmas tree farm we go to every October and December is now surrounded by trendy subdivisions - that family has been farming there since the the war of Northern Aggression and I dread the day they can no longer stay there.


12 posted on 10/31/2005 5:51:12 PM PST by gondramB
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13 posted on 10/31/2005 5:51:22 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: evolved_rage

You should also know that this Steve Taylor, commissioner of agriculture, also happens to be a Democrat who would no doubt rejoice if the state became like all its neighbors and had a sales tax and an income tax. Might as well throw in a bottle bill, too, and then we'd be just as effed up as all those around us.


14 posted on 10/31/2005 5:53:10 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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15 posted on 10/31/2005 5:53:33 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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Good to see you back, amigo. I hope you don't take off. But I'll certainly understand if you do. Just let us know where.


16 posted on 10/31/2005 6:00:05 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (SCALITO! YEAH, BABY!)
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To: kanawa
They reassessed my place in Middleton, NH, on fair value, even though I am still looking for my Hard Wood Floors.

This is a commie sob story pushing for a state income tax. The tax on undeveloped property is much lower in NH than in Mass.

If I read the tax law correctly, because he is blind he is paying nada for taxes, age and veterans status are other exemptions, this story is BS.

17 posted on 10/31/2005 6:00:45 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: freepatriot32

When we left CA for TX, we thought views were of great value. When we found a house in Austin with a great view, we gladly plunked down the owners asking price. Later we discovered that Texans place about a $3000 value on a view. We paid a lot more, trust me.

The value of a view is not a bad thing to use for a tax as long as there is a way to measure it. If, for example our owner could build a turn out and charge money for the view then the view would have commercial value. If he cannot, then its commercial value is pretty low. If the tax assessor gets to establish the view potential, which seems to be the case here, what is to prevent him from raising the assessment anywhere he wants? This tax cries out for some justice. Where is a good judge when you need him?


18 posted on 10/31/2005 6:04:36 PM PST by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Well I was just shocked that the rural counties voted for Kerry while the Taxachusetts border and lake counties voted for Bush. The whole border with Vermont was 'Rat blue, while 2 out of 3 counties bordering Taxachusetts voted Bush. The escapees from Taxachusetts are not the main problem, but the college students and faculty in Keene, Hanover, Durham, etc help poison the well.

I really like NH, and I'm glad most of my property taxes stay local, and I resent the rural counties wanting equivalent benefits without paying taxes. They've been pushing to pick our pockets on the coast, so let their tax assessment reflect what they need to for taxes to pay for the services they want.


19 posted on 10/31/2005 6:14:29 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Note that it's the government's view, not that of the owner of what is being viewed. In no other market is the owner of the asset so penalized.
20 posted on 10/31/2005 6:15:17 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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