Bottom line, land is a most taxable quantity and this year’s push has valued Uncle Bill’s “land” at full buildable lot “value” and hit him with a 300% increase. It matters not that the entire piece is 90% underwater now due to those pesky untouchable beavers downstream. No, really I’m not kidding.
And what does “value” mean in a not moving home sale market.
Now the most excellent part. The condos across the street, built under 40B ARE NOT MOVING! There is no family in unit 13 so there is no one there capable of opening the window and spitting into the (“200 ft setback”) swamp. And after God knows how much in legal fees they did delete a single unit blocking the view from the only neighbor with money enough for lawyers.
I could also post a picture of the house built on top of the swamp we used to skate on as kids, or the three houses on the 5 acre parcel the town would not let me build on 20 years ago because it was in a 100 year flood zone.