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lakey

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  1. I have had time to reflect on my initial reactions to the problem I have with the Tax Assessor and I have come to accept what some have said to me in this discussion. If it the mandate of the Tax Assessor to simply map on the tax maps all the plats from registered surveyors as they are drawn then he has done just that. In this case the Assessors office has accurately mapped inaccurate data but that's another issue. The erroneous line on the tax map does not change the description of my land, I still own to the west of a straight line according to my deed and my neighbor owns on the opposite side. No petitions have been filed against me and no deeds have been prepared for me to sign. All that is changed is the p/l on the tax map. I have enlisted the help of my county commissioner who has set a meeting with the assessor and the county manager to see if anything can be done to justify a change in the p/l as currently drawn. I can and will accept their decision. Thanks to all who replied.
  2. I will think long and hard about your high horse comment. It is not my desire to come across that way. My boss often used the comment regarding people that a tiger can not change his stripes. While it was not aimed at me at the time it may be that the shoes fits me. I actually thought finding this site and getting informed opinions was an effort to get to work fixing the problem. The cost of surveying an 8000' perimeter causes me to look for a different solution than a survey.
  3. Yes, I am saying that exactly. There is no survey of my acreage tract My land lies between two road rights of way on the north and south and is bound on the west by a survey of the adjacent property and on the east by a defined fence line shown on the plat in question that accurately shows the acknowledged property line but does contain other errors. For instance, one measurement shown by the surveyor to be 145.56 feet is in fact 75 feet in distance. A PE has determined the closure to be better than 1:70000. Survey instruments 30 years ago just would not have had that accuracy, suggesting a forced mathematical closure. Incidentally my boundary is something in the range of 8000' in length. Perhaps the cost of surveying such a tract when the charge is by the foot, will suggest my reluctance to hire a surveyor. I believe the process used by the Tax Assessor to determine my acreage for the past 30 years is call planimeter. I do not know of any other technology to arrive at acreage although they probably do it now with a GPS system. Yes, my acreage was reduced when the plat dimensions were forced upon the aerial photo. An option has come to mind: Would the matter be laid to rest by a boundary line agreement between the two adjacent owners?
  4. Do you not agree that reducing my taxable/owned acreage and creating a sliver of land which I consider to be effectively "no man's land" is not a taking-the missing acreage is not being shown as an increase in the adjacent property. May I inquire whether I am corresponding with a practicing attorney? I do agree with your comments regarding a bureaucracy. Maybe the best I can expect out of this is a change in the law the Assessor is hiding behind making him plat exactly what is recorded in the plat books. I suspect the vast majority of plats recorded today are accuracy but having to plat a bearing/distance that vastly distorts the tax records-which could occur-seems odd.
  5. My county Tax Assessor is effectively stealing some of my land and forcing me to pay tax on part of my neighbors land. This has happened due to the Assessors office forcing a flawed plat description of the adjacent land upon their aerial photograph which they use for determining ownership/taxation. The survey plat has two clear, obvious flaws and both are being included in the mapping of the metes and bounds upon the photograph. The survey is 30 years old and has been dormant in the public records until the last year when the assessor superimposed the plat on the photo. This has resulted in me losing a fraction of an acre of my land and "gaining" a small triangle of my neighbors land. My acreage has been reduced to accommodate the map change. This effectively creates a piece of "no man's land", I can only believe that in doing a revised planimeter check of my new property lines, the small portion of my neighbors property is now included in the total acreage I will be taxed upon in the future. I have tried to explain the problem being caused by the two errors on the plat and the Assessor will only say they have reviewed the matter with their GIS personnel and their mapping has been confirmed as correct. He states he is following the state law in mapping the plat exactly as shown. I have suggested some gross examples of errors which could occur on a plat and he says, yes, he would plat it on the tax maps just like the plat shows-no leeway. The current GIS employee knows its wrong but has her hands tied. I am soliciting help from the County Commissioners and the County Manager in getting him to see the light but I hold out little help for the Assessor to be swayed in his position. My next step may be to hire an attorney and sue for damages for conversion of my property ownership and rights, damage to my title, and for having to exert so much effort to prove the obvious facts and being faced with the equivalent of a stone wall. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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