I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
I saw on CudahyNow (Cudahy to repay Walgreens $211,000 in taxes) on Friday that the city is paying Walgreen’s $211,000 as a part of the tax settlement from the challenge of their assessment.
The question for city officials, mainly the mayor, the city accountant, and city financial advisors, is....
Why do the taxpayers of Cudahy have to pick up the tab on the lower tax assessment in 2009, when this property is in the TIF?
- From the CudahyNow article Cudahy to repay Walgreens $211,000 in taxes)
“Schuknecht said the reimbursement in back taxes will not hit taxpayers. The city will be refunded from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee County, the state of Wisconsin and the school district. But because the Walgreens stores will be assessed $74,000 less in 2009, taxpayers will have to pick up the tab, he said.
Each household will have to pay about $10.88, which will appear on the 2009 tax bills, he said.”
If I challenge my assessment and win, will it appear on yours and your neighbor’s tax bill? If so, please let us know.
I am sure there are unscrupulous assessors (who for the right payoff under the table) that someone could find that will challenge the city, split the proceeds, and stick it to you, your neighbors, and all my neighbors! All while helping out the person who hired the unscrupulous assessor at others expense. The saying goes – If there is a will, there is a way!
To me, I am wondering if the city even thought about what they will do when people challenge the assessments and win or what about the unscrupulous assessors.
Again, this is such an important question I will ask it twice. Why do the taxpayers of Cudahy have to pick up the tab on the lower tax assessment in 2009, when this property is in the TIF? To me, I am wondering if the city even reviewed this option.
Mayor McCue is using TIF money for everything from promotion to flowerpots, why not this?
I would love a response other than no comment from our city officials on this one!
Well, he decided to put a hold on the streetscaping so the flowerpots are out.
(That is the power of pressure people that all of you hold. Without your emails and calls, $4,500 tax dollars would have been used in this bad economic time. I will take some credit for getting some needed sunlight exposure on it, but it was the sheer numbers of people upset that made the difference!)