January 23, 2007
"There's always been an increase, but the last couple of years we've seen a large increase," Greene County Commissioner Larry Snow said.
Greene and Orange counties topped the list seeing the largest annual increase, something that means more taxes for unhappy residents.
"It's been rough, I mean rough. I don't know how the people in Greene going to be able to take much more of this, it's just steadily going up," Greene County resident, William Frye said.
Officials say one major reason for the increase is the booming real estate market, but they hope that what goes up will eventually come back down.
"I hope so cause we're all struggling, I am too and this year's not going to be a whole lot of fun," Snow continued.
Not fun, maybe for the working group, but a serious concern for those without a steady stream of income.
"We are on my husbands pension, how could it get any harder?" Orange County resident Alice Schaefer said.
Despite the crunch being felt across the board, not all counties are seeing the same drastic increase and that's leaving some residents with wandering eyes.
"I've been here about thirty two years and I'm looking at Madison County already," Greene County resident Darlene Meade said.
One thing all county officials stressed is that residents can appeal their assessments by getting in contact with their county assessors, but it needs to be done shortly after receiving the notice.