On revaluation, arrows and more
A few random thoughts:
? We were reminded recently that taxpayers in some of our towns might be getting a surprise: a change in the valuation of their homes. Some aren’t going to be happy. Some will just shrug. Some will be at least a bit gleeful.
Because the basic rule of revaluation is this: 30 percent of the homes in town see their values increase, 30 percent stay the same, 30 percent go down.
If you are among the 30 percent in homes where the value increases, well, of course you won’t be happy, but think of it this way: The probability is you’ve been underassessed for years; thus, you’ve been saving money. Now, it’s catch-up time. For those in homes the value of which decreased, well, there’s at least a possibility that you’ve been overassessed for years, thus carrying more of the tax burden in your community.
Unfair? Yes, well, maybe, but that’s the property tax for you.
- So, have you gotten used to the flashing amber arrow on the traffic light at the intersection of Route 13 and Emerson Road in Milford?
Wow, that was weird at first. Flashing amber arrow? What’s it mean? What should I do? We think it means take a left at your own risk, but be really careful. That’s logical. Still, it was kind of weird.
- One of the cool things about Milford’s Pumpkin Festival is all the local shops and folks who have booths there. Our friends at Union Coffee told us that it’s a great showcase for them. We believe it.
- So, once again our first-in-the-nation primary is under attack, this time from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus, and many others, think we have too much power, and some think we aren’t representative of the nation’s population.
Well, we aren’t: We have nothing akin to south-central Los Angeles or Miami or the New Jersey Pine Barrens in terms of folks who live there. But we take voting seriously, and we work to vet candidates by meeting them in our communities and in our homes.
And we send messages: The 1996 victory of Pat Buchanan was one such; to wit, the other GOP candidates were pretty awful.
We’re No. 1, folks, and state law says we have to stay that way.