Taxed to death

Dear Rep. Redfern, Now that the elections are over, and congratulations on your re-election, maybe you can help find out what
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Dear Rep. Redfern,

Now that the elections are over, and congratulations on your re-election, maybe you can help find out what can be done to protect the senior resident homeowner from the outrageous reappraisal that has just been done in Ottawa County. My land value has increased by 325 percent, and my total appraisal has increased by 35 percent. I am on a fixed income and will only get a 3.3-percent increase on my Social Security and my pension is being taken care of by the PBGC, thanks to bankruptcy.

I spent a very frustrating hour in the auditor's office this morning trying to find out how they arrived at such outrageous figures only to get a lesson on how to have "Fun with Numbers." My answers were: they were only following the state rules on appraisals. Very disinterested in my concerns. If I had a problem, I should contact my state representative and give him my opinions. Therefore, this letter. What is my next step?

Florida tries to help its seniors by putting a cap of 3 percent on all property tax increases. Could this be done in Ohio? I don't want to sell everything my wife and I worked for just to pay taxes. I don't want to move in with my children. Is there any help coming?

I would appreciate you taking the time to discuss this with your colleagues and see if we (seniors) could get some relief. With a new governor coming in maybe this can be accomplished.

Anthony J. Novak

Marblehead