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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 16, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Rising taxes on home depreciating in value?

Feeding the cows

I just opened a nice letter from the King County Assessor’s office saying how much my home value had increased. What a nice thing to hear especially at a time when other people keep telling me how rapidly my retirement funds are decreasing.

I asked a nice lady at their office how this could possibly be and she said the new value was reckoned on prices and things the way they were three or four years ago and not the horrible values they are today. I don’t know what in the world she could possibly be thinking.

I suspect the assessor’s office has bought into this new “bailout” business. And maybe King County and some really nice people on Wall Street need our money worse than we do.

Well, I have to feed the cows now, but I’ve picked up a handy little money-saving “tool” from the assessor’s office: I am only feeding them enough for their herd size as it was three or four years ago — they are complaining loudly despite solid reasoning and logic.

Well, they’re only just dumb cows.

— Dennis Swanson, Auburn

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