Tuesday, February 03, 2009

My view has expanded

Our 'territorial view' was always a nice peek at the hills, and just the corner of the cattle barn up the road. Last summer:

Then a few weeks ago DH said 'could we always see the road going up the hill?' and I said yes, because we could just see a bit of it. Then one day he said 'could we always see that house up the road?' and I said I didn't think so. And then a couple days ago I realized I could see a barn I'd never seen before. Seems the neighbors are cutting down the trees on the other side of their rusty barn. Well, it's nice having a bit more view, just don't tell the tax man!


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Do you really get taxed for better views??

StefRobrts said...

They do consider views when evaluating the value of your property. Don't they do that in NM? Ah, don't get me started about property taxes.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

No, no taxes on views here. It must be because just about every house has some kind of mountain, mesa or gorgeous sky view. It would be too tough to get something like that approved. It wouldn't make any sense.

It was weird when we bought this house because it hadn't been reassesed since the owners bought it.
So, they were paying about $600.00 a year for propety tax, but when we bought it, they finally got around to reasessing and the property tax jumped up $1,000 a year. So, now we pay $1,600 a year. ack!

Thankfully, we paid cash for this house from our previous house's sale and from some settlement money. So, I suppose I shouldn't complain that we only pay $1,600 a year to live here. But still, property taxes, especially when you live so rural with only roads as a service, just seem kind of unfair.

What are property taxes like there?


StefRobrts said...

I'm jealous, I wish our house was paid for! When we built our shop the tax lady came out and walked around the property and took pictures and looked our shop over inside and out, re-evaluating everything. They do account for view when they evaluate the value of your house, because not everyone has a view - lots of trees around here. Not like our view of the hills north of town is that spectacular. But they do seem to take it all into account. I was annoyed enough that they came and eyeballed our new shop in deciding how much to increase our taxes. Just knowing the size, and the info on the permits was not enough. They wanted to know how nice it was in person, in case they could squeeze a few more dollars out of us. That's the main reason we didn't insulate it at the time. Didn't want to get charged extra for it being 'finished'. Taxes - ugh! I don't think getting taxed more for improving your home is fair at all, but you know what Dad used to say -'life ain't fair, get used to it'!