Friday, August 26, 2016

Four for Fridays!

Sorry this is being posted late today I had a lot of errands to do this morning. I hope everyone is enjoying the nice cool weather that we have been getting. Here are your questions for today.

1) Do you like to get your picture taken?

2) When you have going camping did you have a tent or a camper?

3) Have you ever rented movies or cd's from the library?

4) Have you ever done something last minute or do you like to have a plan?

Have a great weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

That shouldn't prove too difficult.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my sweethearts and sourpusses!  How are you?  I think we actually had a  cool day or two since last we spoke.  There will be plenty more of those to come in the days ahead.  Ms. Tender Heart Bear told me that she's seen some trees starting to turn color.  I'm not as aware of my environment as she is.  I'm always focusing on someone else's problems or behavior.  It comes with my job.  When I do have time to myself, I'm too pooped to pop.  All I want to do is lay down and rest.

Sometimes Señor Zanza can't seem to understand my fatigue.  He, of course, is tireless.  I just want him to know that I love him, but I need more sleep and rest than he does.  And certainly more than Junior.  He's the only one I know who can tire/stress Señor Zanza.  All kids are that way, from the moment they learn to crawl.  They'll go at a breakneck speed, and then suddenly fall asleep.  Sometimes for near a whole day.  And then back up, doing a million things at once.  And eating.  Always eating.  I and/or Señor Zanza seem to spend a lot of time at the supermarket, shopping for food for Junior.

Those two have a vegetable garden out back and I'm currently swamped with tomatoes.  But if Junior had to live off of what he grew, he'd starve.  Really, it's a matter of inattention.  If Señor Zanza didn't do the bulk of the work, that garden would've shriveled up long ago.  Is Junior ADD or ADHD or whatever the damn they're calling it now, or is he just a normal teenager?  I'd take him to a psychiatrist, but they grab onto clients.  If you're visiting a psychiatrist, you are, by definition, mentally ill.  I don't know what I'll do.  Maybe I'll ask one of my psychic friends to do a reading of Junior for us.  I'd be interested in what they'd have to say about him.

The hot item this week is no lying or swearing.  I have no idea if who or how this got started. The least successful and most onerous method, is what Opie was hoping for: Milwaukee beer.  Good luck.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog today.  I love attention from readers who think they have everything worked out.  Read on.

What size and color are OrbsCorbs' underwear?  Ask

"My underwear size is X-large and it's white.  How about a dozen eggs for that?"  

Open Blog - Wednesday

Please do.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Do City of Racine Real Estate Sale Prices Accurately Track Assessed Value?"

From News the JT Can't Use:

"Is it your home and private property, or is it the private ATM of the taxing authorities in The City of Racine? The taxing authorities include The City of Racine, Racine Unified School District, Gateway, County of Racine, and State of Wisconsin.

"According to City of Racine Assessor Bill Bowers:

"Property assessment administration is a complex and technical profession vital to the financial health of local government. Assessors are responsible for administering the ad valorem tax system, and their chief task is to identify and appraise all general property in their jurisdictions.

Bill Bowers
"An ad valorem tax is based on the principle that the amount of tax paid should depend on the value of property owned. The Assessor’s Department is entrusted with the responsibility to see that assessed values used for tax purposes are accurate so that the tax burden will be distributed fairly. Only if assessed values are correct will tax limits, and the distribution of state aid to localities be as the legislature intended.

"This trust involves the annual evaluation of approximately 27,000 parcels of land, over 25,000 buildings, and over 2,000 plus personal property accounts, the preparation of the assessment rolls, and processing of every real estate transaction. Maintaining for each parcel as regards legal descriptions, ownership, mapping, property data, and sales data, and the assimilation of new parcels into the assessing process, are all major functions vital to performance and service.

"The basic motivation for revaluation is equity. When a property is over-appraised, its owners will be paying more than their fair share of taxes. Under-appraisals contribute to a lower tax base, causing the community to set higher tax rates. Our goal is to improve appraisal accuracy by providing a reappraisal, an updating of values for all properties in our city annually."

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