Try realistic property appraisals


The March 25 editorial, Close this costly loophole, misses the mark on the real issue. If taxpayers were assessed a fair value to start with by the property appraiser’s office, you would have a realistic estimate of the expected proceeds, and the school district could adjust its budget accordingly. Another alternative would be to take a percentage of the anticipated tax revenues as the basis for the school budget and move other monies in the overall budget to close the gap.

The editorial implies that it is OK to overcharge real-estate owners for the greater good of school funding. This makes no sense, and it is why there is an appeals process. Whether it’s OK for attorneys to file these appeals without the owners’ permission begs the issue that they wouldn’t be in this business if there were not money to be made from excessively high assessments. The privacy concern is diminished as the information used for these appeals is typically taken from public records.

Alan Merkur, Hollywood

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