A Room With a View

…is gonna cost you.

ORFORD, N.H. —The one-room cabin David Bischoff built in a cow pasture three years ago has no electricity, no running water, no phone service and no driveway.
What it does have is a wide-open view of the surrounding hills — a view valued at $140,000, according to the latest townwide property revaluation.
The so-called “view tax” increased the value of his property sevenfold, from $22,900 to $162,900, a figure he believes is far more than its actual value. He expects a sharp jump in his $500 annual property taxes as well.
“I’d be happy if they assessed me $50,000 for the view,” said Bischoff, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

I guess that’s a White Mountain version of ‘beach front property’.

A problem named Maria checks out her bitchin’ New Hampshire pad, recently purchased for her as a vacation love nest by Captain von Trapp. “Ach du liebe!” she gurgled with delight.
“It goes from here…all zee way to dere!”
“You little minx,” he’s quoted as saying, while handing her the keys. “See what happens when you put out?”

7 Responses to “A Room With a View

  1. Ken Summers says:

    They need prop 13. The Californicators pulled that kind of shit too.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    This is on his vacation home, it seems.

  3. Dave J says:

    Well, it seems they try to get you one way or another, and property taxes would about be the place for it in NH, given that they don’t have a state income tax OR sales taxes.

  4. kcruella says:

    I just hope it doesn’t give the Jersey politicians any ideas….
    My view of the parking lot is priceless

  5. The_Real_JeffS says:

    The guy could refuse to pay taxes on it. After the guvmint confiscates the property, they then have the joyous privilege of trying to sell it at that inflated figure. That could be…..entertaining.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well, they’d probably get it JeffS; all those New England city folks are looking for weekend places…

  7. The_Real_JeffS says:

    PT Barnum said it best…..there’s one born every minute…..

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