I just got home from work and got this email. I'll check with the listers
tomorrow.... and one of the selectmen can tell me. I'll call him.
It's a difficult call. The bridge is out only temporarily. Does the guy
want tax relief until it's restored? It's an act of God, and lots of people
were put out of their homes. Were they given tax breaks for temporary
vacates? Somehow there must be another way it was handled. There are
temporary bridges that can be set up. Is this guy camping over winter or
just for hunting? Lowering taxes is a lengthy and complex procedure....it
will set a precedent in your Town and possibly elsewhere. Why wasn't a
temporary bridge set up for him?....because the camp is not his primary
residence. I think the answer, gut level, is no lower taxes for his
temporary inconvenience. He can take a request to Emergency
relief....everyone will want a break if their road was damaged.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julanne Sharrow" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:17 PM
Subject: property values due to IRENE
I serve as a JP in Shrewsbury. We have an application to the Board of
Abatement with the reason
'Lister's Error' to have the property value lowered due to a bridge out from
IRENE. (There are only 5 reasons given to the Board of Abatement for
The access to the camp property is on the other side of a bridge that is
out. There are also other properties also without access on this road. The
bridge will be restored....eventually. Right now millions of dollars are
being spent on 3 other bridges.
How did other towns handle property values due to IRENE causes? i.e.
bridges being out? I can understand if a property owner's bridge is gone,
but a public one?
I'd hate to set a precedent! AND, I do not want the other property owners
coming forth with the same reason.
I know Mendon has some of these issues, but did not get a reply from the
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