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Are You Entitled To A Property Tax Reduction
If you bought your house for $79,000 dollars nine years ago and have never done any work or repairs, is your property still worth the assessed value of $106,000? More than likely, the property is not worth that much for a home built in the early 1900's. To be honest with yourself, you have to look at other houses with the same age and structure to see if you are paying to much money for property tax.
What Happens At A Property Tax Auction
If you have a property that is delinquent on property taxes, the city or town that the taxes are owed to will hold a property tax auction to sell the property in question and redeem the delinquent taxes. This type of auction is not as common in some areas as it is in others. Many times, a property owner who owes back property taxes will try to raise the monies before the property tax auction and keep ownership of said property. In some cases, the properties are sold. In many cases, the amount owed in delinquent property taxes is so low, that the buyer is receiving an excellent deal.
What Really Affects Your Property Taxes
The first thing that affects your property taxes is the spending habits of your school district, other taxing districts, county and city. If the school district has big plans for renovations, new computers, raises in salary or anything else pertaining to the school district, you may see an increase in property taxes to support their spending. Keep in mind that there is a point when the state draws a line on how much can be charged to your property taxes. Many school districts have to find other means to accomplish everything on their agenda because they are only allowed so much money from taxes.