Frieri Calls for Property Tax
Reform and Relief for Homeowners
Second Berkshire District state representative candidate Rosanne Frieri is calling for immediate
property tax reform and relief for homeowners. “The property tax system is simply unjust to homeowners and does
not have adequate checks and balances to protect homeowners from disproportionate assessments,” explained the Richmond
Republican. “Property tax laws by design place every property owner at a distinct disadvantage,” adds Frieri.
Frieri has met with property owners and reviewed multiple complaints that the Department of Revenue and other state agencies
have largely ignored.
“It is outrageous that homeowners continue to have their property taxes raised in a market
that has not just slid, but avalanched downhill since 2006. On top of that is a property tax system with outmoded laws
that favor assessors and place every homeowner at substantial risk for an unfair assessment.” Frieri also cites
another troubling trend of escalating property tax rates in small towns that offer few services. “What are these good
citizens getting in return for the high property taxes they pay?” asks Frieri.
Frieri lists a multitude of problems with the current property tax system, from assessors with
no meaningful oversight to an Appellate Tax Board that has no enforcement power. Additionally current laws force homeowners
to pay their property tax bills in full on incorrect assessments or their right to appeal is disallowed, foreclosure sales
are not factored into market value, and the appeals process is too complicated and costly.
According to Frieri, property tax issues are impacting everyone negatively, from business owners
to homeowners to renters who have property tax increases passed on to them by their landlords. “Many people are
unemployed, or on fixed incomes such as the elderly and our war veterans. Under the current property tax system they
are faced with losing their homes to seizure unless these skyrocketing property taxes are paid, and how are they supposed
to pay them?” asks Frieri. Frieri is committed to advocating property owners’ rights and sponsoring bills
to reform the property tax system, which has not undergone a major reform in over thirty years with many of the laws dating
back to Colonial times.