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Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and property values

To: Alan NV8A <>,towertalk reflector <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and property values
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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 18:51:47 -0500
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Hello Alan.
I have not heard off a tower raising the appraised value of property,but with 
government anything is possible.It does have to do with money.If your state  
adopt a building code the municipalities are required to Implement this 
code.The reasons for the permits is 1 the code requires it and's for the 
money.Now a tower might not bring in a large amount of revenue,but the much 
larger projects demand thousands of dollars in permit fees,impact fees and the 
list goes on.I have seen some large ones go to 6 or more figures.Watch out here 
comes the politics!The state of Florida has a homestead exemption of 
$25,000.This comes off your appraisal then the millage rate is set and you get 
your property tax bill.It also limits any raise in taxes to 3% per year.The 
building department does it for the money.Your taxes go up when your property 
is reappraised or the millage rate is raised.All states are different so you 
have to check your own.The places that don't require tower permits don'
 t do it because they don't wan't do something that they don't know anything 
about.If they do it wrong they can be sued.Not an easy project,but it can be 
done.Why set yourself up for a possible lawsuit when the revenue from the tower 
permit will far less than a lawsuit.Much easier to ignore it than follow the 
code.My fees for the permits,structural and electrical were about 
$400.00.Unless you draw an inspector that is a ham,he probably come by take a 
short look and sign it off.In 10 years as an inspector 9 as a chief I have 
never seen an inspector climb a tower on the inspection.Money is the reason and 
if you live in a jurisdiction that requires permits they wan't your money.Just 
my .02.But I would like to hear of a case where a tower raised the value of the 

                   73        Joe K4XZ
> From: Alan NV8A <>
> Date: 2006/12/13 Wed PM 05:22:58 EST
> To: towertalk reflector <>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Towers and property values
> It just occurred to me to look at this issue differently.
> I have read that one reason municipalities demand building permits is 
> that they can up the value of a property based on the improvements and 
> then collect more property tax.
> Are there cases where people have been granted a permit for a tower on a 
> residential property and had the value raised as a result?
> (Neither of these applies here: (a) Michigan property values can be 
> raised by more than the CPI only when the property changes hands; (b) in 
> this municipality -- and many surrounding ones -- permits are not 
> required for towers and antennas used by FCC-licensed amateurs.)
> 73
> Alan NV8A
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