Property appeals on the decline

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - Appeals of property assessments in Cumberland County are down considerably from this time last year.

Figures released by the Property Valuation Services Corporation on Thursday indicate appeals are down by 23 per cent in Cumberland Couny compared to 2009.
"We have seen a fairly significant drop across the province and the same is true in Cumberland County," corporation spokeperson Joe McEvoy said.
"Last year's numbers were related to the economy. A number of people thought because the economy was bad that the real estate market would be bad, too."
Provincially, the corporation handled about 10,000 appeals but had about 14,000 last year. Appeals are back to normal levels this year.
In Cumberland, Springhill had the biggest drop in appeals, going from 106 last year to just 27 this year.
In Amherst, the number of appeals dropped by 39 per cent to 86, while there were 438 appeals in the Municipality of Cumberland. Oxford also saw a decrease in the number of appeals with 16 launched this year for a drop of 53 per cent.
Parrsboro was the only town in the county to see an increase in appeals, but it was only by one per cent with 34 appeals launched.
The 21-day appeal period ended Feb. 8.
Last month, the corporation announced property assessments are continuing to rise in Cumberland, but the numbers are slowing. Residential assessments are up 5.1 per cent while commercial assessments are up by 3.9 per cent.

Organizations: Property Valuation Services

Geographic location: Cumberland County, AMHERST, Oxford

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Recent comments

  • Steve
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Constituent from ns: You are right on the Money with that prediction. I hate to be skeptical but this appears to be exactly what is happening.

    IMHO as always.

  • Constituent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Youre right fuzzy, and they wont get tired thats for sure, its their job. I imagine some of the appraisers look forward to a challenge going for the win, if not this years, Ill get you next year. Im sure its a game to some

  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The appeals process is a joke. I went through it a number of years ago and while I did prevail that time the very next year up it went again. These property assessors have nothing else to do all day but play these numbers games. Their objective is to tire you out repeating this appeal process over and over until finally you surrender. I could see that happening so I just retreated into my cave and stayed there. Obviously so have many others. It's easier to sleep than fight.
    Face it people Bureaucracy is invincible!!

  • Constituent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I believe the tax payers are being tricked into thinking their assessments are capped to help ease out tax burden. My tax assessment went up by 10% but capped so my actual bill didnt change much. As soon as they feel comfortable that the people are used to their assessments, the cap will be removed. Then youll see some appeals. I think its dirty and undermined way to handle things.

  • OutofTowner
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Constituent is right, my property isn't capped because we live out of NS. Our property assessment has gone up 56% in six years. I thought the assessment was based on the *value* of the property? As far as an appeal, the foxes are guarding the hen house.

  • Sherman
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I believe there is an arithmetic error in this article. You note that Parrsboro had an increase of 1% with 34 total appeals launched. If there were 33 appeals last year and there were a minimum increase of 1 appeal in 2010 to 34, that is almost exactly a 3% change. It would take an increase of 1/3 of an appeal to be the 1% noted which I assume in filing appeals is not possible.