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To The Editor:

In regards to the article printed by Ms. Tracey E. Hagget-Sloan,

It seems there are several glaring errors in your repeated statements. If your familiar with real property tax law as you state you are then you would know that a taxing jurisdiction doesn’t receive any more funds by simply raising assessments. Let me repeat that. The town, county, school, village do not receive any more funds then they did last year with the exception of the 2 percent property tax cap. If every ones assessment were to double the only thing it would result in is the tax rate to be cut in half. I know some one who once took a lawyer to court in small claims for legal malpractice. Do you know what the judge told her? Since she didn’t have a law degree or a legal background that the case couldn’t continue in court so they had to come to an agreement. So with that said do you have any sort of real estate background and credentials? I understand you have issues, but reading your articles time after time seem to be more of a soap box for you rather than actual facts. So please do more research before writing any more articles and please do so with some ethics, dignity, knowledge and morals! The fact that you raise what Mr. Snyder does on his own time has nothing to do with the Town of Potsdam Revaluation. Is there anything else you may want to know about him? Medical records? Financial situation? Any sins he has committed? Are you willing to “bring to our attention” any of your personal information? You should do so before bringing up some one else’s. As the bible says you shall not try to remove the sliver from some ones eye before removing the plank from yours. I understand you have goals in which your trying to achieve and I, myself, would help someone in any way, shape or form if there was inequity or unfairness in their assessment, but if there isn’t and you are just trying to lower the assessment as a habitual ritual then understand whatever someone else isn’t paying the rest of us pick up the burden. The pie is still the same size. It’s how it gets divided. When GM left Massena what do you think happened? The budgets still were the same, but that tax burden shifts to everyone else. Even if every ones assessment stayed the same. I think TOPTA may be a good idea and should be there to help people, but I don’t think you are leading them in an appropriate direction.

William Wallace

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