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January 21, 2009

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FYI, just wanted to share this letter to the editor which was printed today, in response to the article above:

Assessing a home's value
Dear Editor: In the Jan. 18 article, Residents could face new fees for drains,? it is mentioned that the prior Burlingame Measure H storm drain tax that failed to pass in 2006 was based on the age of the building.? This is an incorrect defini tion of assessed value.
Assessed value is a function of when a home was acquired by the current owner, not the age of the home. In other words, two homes can have the same age, as well as the same economic market value, but different assessed values depend ing on when they were purchased by their respective current owners.
Lorne Abramson, Burlingame

Susan

Interesting that the city is just now ASKING to impose this fee. The Burlingame Hills was told that we will be paying upwards of $1,000 per household for an undefined period of time to upgrade the sewers. Another case of municipalities neglecting to budget for maintenance with the "taxes" we already pay--and then coming back to take fees. For those on fixed income with relatively low property taxes, this is a huge bite--and it seems never ending. Our "fixed" property taxes have risen about $3,000 in the last five years...

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