If you cruise up and down the south side of Hamilton Reservoir you may noticed, Iím building an octagonal turret on my castle. Iím in a race against time as I want to close the roof before the next rain. The turret has two unusual features; can you figure out what they are? It is a challenge and it took me much longer than I expected. There are posts in the work and will be posted soon.
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Comments:Posted on 9 Jul 2010, 9:05 by ?
Who helped you design your new home? It looks amazing.
Posted on 9 Jul 2010, 21:16 by Peter Frei
I was once called in for jury duty at the Hampden Superior Court for two days.
It was then when I came up (by my self) with the design..
Thanks for the compliment.
Posted on 26 Jul 2010, 22:55 by George
Yes, I too agree the design of your home is attractive. I'm also curious how jury duty made you come up with the plan. Better yet are you prepared to pay increased taxes on your new elaborate structure now that voters ok'd EJ's request for a local Assessor's asst. to go around snooping & re-evaluating/appraising local properties?
Posted on 3 Aug 2010, 16:52 by citizen
Don't we pay enough taxes now ? Sure hit everyone in the pocket once again !
Posted on 8 Sep 2010, 21:36 by Peter Frei
Answer to George's comment:
Some people may find it funny, my taxes went from $6,828.99 (FY 2009) to $11,532.34 (FY 2010).
In essence, Earl Johnson and the two other assessors increased my taxes by $4,703.35 in one year, or 69%!
The way Earl Johnson and the two other assessors did it is, they valued my new (still unfinished) structure with the turret as a finished building with hardwood floors, a fire place, and a bathroom. They did that per January 1st 2009.
Just this year during July, I finished framing the turret and the roof over that east section of the building where the turret is and shingled the roof. I installed five of the remaining six windows and will finish the siding and (hopefully) the steps to the entrance.
The building is still an empty shell at this time; there is no electrical installation or plumbing or anything else in the building. Despite this, the building is assessed for $130,000.00 according to visionappraisal.com web page; I spent app. $42,000 so far on the building. They also tax the rest of the peninsula as three separate lots, a practice that is unlawful. There is only one owner and no separate deeds are registered at the registry of deeds.
I will not only file for an abatement, I will also file a lawsuit in Federal District Court alleging discrimination and other claims.
The community is paying a hefty price for having Earl Johnson in office, keep re-electing this jerk! It is your money!
Posted on 9 Sep 2010, 16:49 by LCM
Don't I remember a story about one of the town accessors or some other town official paying far less in taxes than the going rate, or having his taxes lowered, because he claimed the entire finished downstairs area was not being finished when in fact it was?