Thursday, January 19, 2012

Prove City Property Tax Assessment Wrong, Says Brockton's Head Assessor

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Homeowner Bill Russell and more than 30 other residents met Wednesday night to hear the numerous steps and research they must complete to possibly reduce their property tax bills—in some cases which have jumped $15,000 to $20,000 this quarter.
One resident, Bill Russell, who lives at 39 Grinnell Road, adjacent to Deanna Road where many residents have issues, showed his latest tax bill that went from $159,000 to $180,900—a more than $21,000 difference and wondered even if he went through the process to gain an abatement, or a decrease of the tax assessment, if the city assessors would lower his bill.
“You know they’re not going to do anything,” Russell told the crowd that gathered Wednesday at the Arnone Elementary School.
Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan organized the meeting because he has received dozens of calls, as has his fellow councilors, about the jump in residents’ tax bills that came during this quarter, but are for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Nearly 50 residents attended. Residents must file an abatement petition by Feb. 1 in order to have the city officially review the assessed value.
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