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LETTER: Assessment on lake property is ‘totally, blatantly unfair’

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:49 am

To the Editor:

I have owned many homes and businesses throughout the years. I have never seen anything so wrong in my life as the recent assessment of property on Seneca Lake. I am aware of lawsuits going on regarding this and feel like it is a necessary effort.

I realize property values go up under normal circumstances, but during our economic downturn, if anything, they have remained static or dropped, especially on strictly summer vacation homes. I believe our property is valued for sale at $100,000 less than the current assessment ... and with school property taxes of nearly $8,000, it would be impossible to sell!

We do have good lake frontage, but it is only 50 feet wide with railroad tracks across the back. The cottage has no heat or sewer and is built on a wood foundation, making it impossible to convert to anything more substantial without complete removal and starting over.

This property has been in the family since 1950. It is totally and blatantly unfair what has been done and gives us no choice but to sell along with many others on the lake, making all the cottages decrease in value even further.

The entire board and assessment office should face legal and public charges for gross negligence considering the turmoil they have caused us all.

 

KENT WILLIAMSON

Lancaster, Pa., summers on Seneca Lake in the town of Geneva

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