When You Disagree With The Tax Assessor

As federal and state aid to municipalities dwindles, some homeowners had better prepare themselves for a one-two punch from the local tax office. Not only are real estate taxes climbing, but across the nation cities large and small--Atlanta and Reading, Pa., for example--are busy checking up on the current value of each house. The aim is to make sure the tax burden is shared equitably. And while some assessments may drop, plenty of taxpayers will wind up paying a higher tax rate on property with a higher valuation.

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