Thursday, March 15, 2007

To reassess or not to reassess

That is the question
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged senior citizens , Or to take arms against a sea of troubles in an election year, And by opposing end them?

Or just kick it down the road. Our Hamlets on the Susquehanna have found another way to delay the long overdue property tax assessment for the 3rd time. The last one was in 1965 so what's the hurry? The Bond Brothers aka Luzerne County Commissioners Todd Vonderheid and Greg Skrepenak voted Wednesday to delay reassessment another year. What the hell, they found some cover from the appraisal company that said it's alright because of more time needed to review properties because of declining real estate values in some areas, a recent flood and new growth indicators. The contract with 21st Century Appraisals Inc. expires March 31 and they're willing to extend it for a mere $850,000 because they want to get it right. But no political considerations affected this decision. Republican Commissioner Steve Urban has been screaming "politics " since the first delay but Skrep denies that. Who do you believe?


Anonymous said...

Thank God we have Todd Vonderhied not running for reelection so he is free from political pressure and can make the right decsion, of course his future six figure job option would be limited if he did not help the Ds,
but I really think he is taking a step away from politics and doing it right, it also just so happens he agrees with with Skrep who is running for reelection, That is becuase Skrep is willing to do what is politically expediant even if it seems like he is playing politics. They are both true men of courage

Anonymous said...

Oh, please, Skrep is only doing as he is told. They guy couldn't find his way out of a paper bag.
Wishing Steve Flood a speedy recovery...

PA progressive said...

Doing a reassessment in an election year is political suicide. Only do it in the first year of a new term so, hopefully, the voters forget by the enxt election. Everyone hates these things.