I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
Several blogs back, I ranted about the high assessment we received in May of 2009 on our condo located in Greenfield. After three attempts to get the assessment lowered, we FINALLY were notifed last week that our assessment was dropped by approximately $28K! How did we do it? We were diligent. I kept printouts of the one condo unit that sold in 2009 and the same for condos that have been up for sale for a year or more and the low, low prices that are being asked due to the economic downturn. I sent these printouts along with several newspaper articles about home/condo values to the Assessor's office by a specified deadline. We are still assessed a bit high but we are grateful just the same. It is a nice feeling that we were heard by someone. All of our hard work paid off for those other condo owners in our complex who did not attempt to lower their assessments. They also got their assessments lowered like we did. Some people just go with the flow and don't "protest" when something is definitely wrong. I can honestly say, that's a niche I will never crawl into! Unfortunately, many units are much more updated and fancied up compared to our unit and yet we all pay the same taxes based upon the same assessments. That's just wrong but life isn't fair and we just have to deal with the wrongs and move on.
Remember! Vote for the people you feel that will help our city of Greenfield and our state move forward with jobs, new companies, lower taxes and for those who have a genuine interest in making our cities and state the right place to stay, raise a family and retire in.
Although my husband and I have about 11 or 12 years to work before we retire (unless we are fortunate enough to retire earlier), we have several friends and relatives who have retired and/or plan to retire in the near future. Several have moved out of Wisconsin, several are considering it and one has moved out of Wisconsin and returned after being gone about 8 years. I would like some feedback on why you will be moving out of Wisconsin and also if you are going to stay in Wisconsin or have.