Area broker supports real estate bill

Published 9:40 am Saturday, February 28, 2015

To the Editor:

I strongly supported this bill’s passage, as it will assist the average taxpayer who feels his increased real estate assessment is unjustified, as it “forces” the local Assessor’s Office to “show cause for that increase in writing,” …and thus gives the taxpayer specific written data which should help facilitate agreement or disagreement with that data, with the latter remedy being the appeal process to the Board of Equalization or Circuit Court system.

The written “burden of proof” will be reversed from the taxpayer to the Assessor’s Office, which in my opinion is the only fair mechanism, since the Assessor’s Office already has that data readily available by the very nature of that office’s duties and day to day responsibilities.

Billy Chorey Sr.
Chorey & Associates Realty, Ltd.
Certified Residential Appraiser
Board of Equalization City of Suffolk, Past Chairman