Fear, outrage, confusion is what people in the Rochester area are feeling after they received a surprise letter in the mail. Those letters told homeowners the value of their home is going up by as much as $13,000. Their main concern is what is the increase is going to do to their property taxes?
State law says properties must be assessed at a full value and the state gives towns aid if they re-assess every four years. They're happening in 11 towns in Monroe County, from Wheatland to Penfield to Henrietta. This is affecting hundreds of thousands of people. But News10NBC is focusing on what's happening in Greece because that's where we've heard most of the complaints.
Part of the anger with these homeowners is that this increased assessment came as a complete surprise. A two page letter saying the cost of their home and the cost of their home and the cost of their living could be going up.