missouri massey man said:
That is surely some good news, Jim. How far away from your homestead does this property sit, and how many acres of tillable land are available ? I know its a great feeling to own property from someone special. Congrats to you, I know its been a rough road to get to this point sir.
It's only about 3.6 miles away Wendell across and around the hollers. Shorter ifn one could travel through the woods. The county had a property tax re-valuation this year, and valued the old house at around $12,000 for tax purposes. It had tenants up until about 10 years ago, but ain't gonna happen anymore. I'd like to tear it down eventually. It has asbestos shingle siding, an environmental hazard so they would have to be removed before the fire dept. could do their thing.
I talked to a tax dept. representative way back in the winter to get some ingo for probating purposes, and right after revaluation, the house was valued at over $20,000, and he agreed to reduce it by $10,000. I filed an appeal when I got the formal notice, but it has been denied. I am going to the next step and re-appeal. I want them to justify how this value "represents what is fair to my neighbors and the taxpayers of the county", using the words on the notice. the only thing I can figure is that since much of the county's political practices are worthless, they have to find some other worthless tangible reason to justify its existence.
The entire tract of land is about 15.5 acres. The newer homesite, built in mid 1950s, is about .75 acre, and the property has about 2 acres in woodland and the rest is cleared and tillable. There is 6 to 7 acres which includes part of the woods in pasture. Mrs. Jim and I have re-built the fence, a simple 2 strand electric one, and will be moooooving a few cows and daughter's horse soon. I may add another higher strand along the road because of the horse. He is not a jumper, but one never knows. When my parents got the place from mom's mom back in the mid 1970s, there was some barb wire fencing, but it has since mostly disappeared. My mom remarried a few years after Dad's death, and a brother and step-dad installed a fence like the one I rebuilt. It mainly consists of heavy locust corner posts with PVC line posts and wire tensioners to remove the slack. 14 gauge smooth wire is used, and it all had to be replaced. My brother had cows here until a couple of months ago, and the last few years, he had made patch repairs. It ought to be good now for many years.