Property assessments in Brighton shock, worry homeowners

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Rich Hirschberg’s home on Barclay Square Drive in Brighton is modest, making his new property assessment, in his eyes, outrageous.

“My one property, the net change went up about 28 thousand,” he said.

Another property he owns in town saw an even higher hike.

“45 thousand on my other property that I own,” he said.

Hirschberg isn’t alone.

Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said many people had their homes reassessed. He added it was  long overdue. The last one was 10 years ago.

“There are a number of different ratios that we look at to see if prices have varied from the assessed valuation levels and we saw that they were, so that’s what triggered the decision to go ahead and do this revaluation.”

But there’s growing concern among residents that higher property values will mean higher taxes. Prompting some to ask: why it didn’t happen sooner?

“I think [if it was] gradual, every few years maybe to ease the burden of having to come up with more tax money would be helpful,” Brighton Resident Jill Richards said.

Moehle says this isn’t an across the board tax increase.

“Some taxes will go up, some will go down. The tax rate, which is how much you pay per thousand dollars of your taxable home value, almost certainly will go down next year when we do our budget,” he said.

It should be said, even though Hirschberg is now looking at hundreds more on his tax bill, there’s one thing he’s sure of.

“This is my house. I’m not going to pick up and move to another town because of change in assessed values. That won’t happen.”

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