There comes a time in everyone's life that one might think this is the end of everything and you have to get angry. I guess it just happened in Caroga Lake when we all got our tax increases for the new year.
I just got mine for a beautiful house on West Caroga Lake, which we have lived in since 1987 and have been working on improving for year-round living every summer. It's a beautiful two-story house with a full attic, four bedrooms, a two-car insulated and heated garage, a beautiful boat dock and a fireplace located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
I did realize that each year, property taxes have to go up, and they have been. But 2013 took a horrible turn with a new tax assessor who finally made her mark and power really noticeable. She raised the assessment on all the homes in the town, especially those on the water. My home went from $121,600 in 2012 to $178,300 in 2013. My taxes went to $1,800.30, which knocked me at age 86 and my wife, Joan, 74, off our feet.
We had to call the assessor, who said we should have come by on grievance day. Now we will have to do it next year and she would send us information on how to do it.
I did some homework as to what happened on grievance day, which confirmed that 700 people from every lake in the town showed up, and none was in a very happy mood.
I had met the new supervisor for the town, but when I called, he was out of town, and now I know why. A local businessman and a real good guy, but he must have received a lot of calls.
I'm writing this in the hopes of getting some of the newspapers involved and getting some notoriety about so many people involved in something like this. The assessor doesn't live in town and her office hours are only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.