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I Know It's Hard To Believe...
...that 21st Century Appraisals erred when listing the C&G Approved parcels mentioned above. They initially had 787 parcels in these two classifications. The "official list" has 212 parcels, which means that 21st Century Appraisals was WRONG AGAIN! This neat little video proves their error. I mention this because I just want to help document HOW SCREWED UP THEY ARE!!
Update 10/9 7:30pm - Tim Barr has emailed me and taken offense to this post. He says I am misrepresenting this as a mistake on his company's part, and by posting this, I am discrediting myself. I'll give him his say, right here. He says,
And, in a previous email, he says,
So, you readers can judge for yourself. Who's made the worse transgressions here. Me, by this post? Or 21st Century Appraisals by:
Yes, I was wrong about the common level ratio, and you argue I am wrong here. I knew nothing about tax assessment prior to July 1, 2010. You do this for a living! What is your excuse? The job you and your company has done is here in Adams County is the most pathetic I have ever witnessed (in my humble opinion, of course). And one more thing...your company makes mistake after mistake, county after county, and YOU KEEP ON DOING IT!
PS. I also find it disturbing that the illustrious Dr. Barr has a hand in valuing Pennsylvania properties when he has so much at stake. I think it is a conflict of interest and it should not be allowed.
George, I'm Sorry!
As it turns out, my new friend George Weikert's land was in fact in the Ag-Use classification. That means I trespassed on his land, albeit unknowingly. You see, 21st Century Appraisals had George's property listed as Ag-Reserve (actually 115: Non-Ag) which most people would interpret as Ag-Reserve (and open to the public). But, as I mentioned above, 21st Century Appraisals screwed up yet again. I guess as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for George. (Are you listening other Pennsylvania Counties?)
Now some people want to beat George up over this reassessment, but I'll give him some credit. While I do not like his seemingly non-caring attitude towards us commoners in this ordeal, he IS the only Commissioner who has said anything publicly in the last few months! HELLO, Ms. Moreno...Mr. Snyder...anybody home?!
Need To Map Your Property?
This is a neat way to map your property from an aerial view. To use, go here.
Court of Common Pleas Help
For those who seek to move on to the next phase, the following may help you out. First you may want to read up on the rules & procedures of the Court of Common Pleas. Once you're ready to file, you can find the necessary form right here.
Courthouseonline adjusts codes
Courthouseonline.com has made some adjustments in their codes. Because of the scutiny by the citizen watchdogs of the Clean & Green program, it became necessary to distinguish these parcels from each other. The new codes are as follows:
The new Land Use Codes for CourthouseOnline will make Primary C&G enrollment Category apparant to the public. These was loaded today.
124 C&G:AU Improved Clean & Green: Ag Use-Improved
Other codes are becoming more apparent as hearings wrap up. These codes are usually found in the Value History tab. They are:
F1 - FORMAL APPEAL - WITHDRAWAL
IA - INFORMAL REVIEW - ACCEPTED AND SIGNED
55 - Pre-Trial Hearing result
Local Realtor Sounds off on Reassessment
Recently the Adams County area of Pennsylvania underwent a tax reassessment by 21st Century Appraisals. The process as I stated in my earlier post was completed and distributed to the tax payers of Adams County, and was not well received. In this Realtors opinion the job was poorly done, the first thing that jumped out to me was the 4 year old comps used by 21st Century Appraisals, as well as the scope of work that was targeted to "highest and best use". I also think the entire job is tainted by geographic incompetence, the workforce that was used by 21st Century Appraisals clearly have no familiarity with the Adams County area.
A friend of mine just found out that his formal appeal on his home has not been scheduled because of a clerical error. The error was discovered in his informal hearing when he had his brick exterior changed to vinyl exterior. They told him at the informal that they did not have the authority to change the valuations, they could only fix errors. He signed off thinking he was signing off on the change of the exterior facade (a reduction of $300 assessed value) when in fact he found out he signed off on the full assessed value, thereby canceling his formal hearing! Is it any wonder people are so confused over this reassessment. How many times have we heard that they could not change valuations at the informals? They kept telling us that they could only fix errors.
In my informal, I challenged nothing but did mention that I recently replaced my heating system. Note that this was a replacement system, not a real upgrade per se. I would expect that my home would be more sellable with a new heating system and maybe increase my assessment a little. NOPE! My assessed value dropped by $500, even though they were not empowered to do so. I thought it would go UP, not down in that case!
I wonder how many others were duped into signing papers at their informal and lost their chance to appeal? Let me know!
Larger Tracts of Land Compared
We've already seen how smaller parcels compare to each other. Now we look at some larger tracts, BEFORE any reductions due to appeals, reviews or preferential discounts due to Clean & Green. Included are some very interesting insights into the illustrious Dr. Robert Barr, President/Owner of 21st Century Appraisals. It seems Dr. Barr is an alleged master tax evader by shielding his interests from taxes and setting land values throughout Pennsylvania which may ultimately benefit his own interests. All the while, Dr. Barr holds his hand out for more of your money. While employing Mr. Porterfield, he has a former state senator that can help push legislation through or stall legislation, whichever would be required.
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