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Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and property values

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and property values
From: Alan NV8A <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 19:23:01 -0500
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On 12/13/06 06:27 pm K8RI on TowerTalk wrote:

>> 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.)

> Here in the Midland (MI) area it varies by township. In Homer township where 
> I live a building permit is required only if the tower will be taller than 
> 80 feet.  They will accept the engineering specs in the ROHN catalog.
> The county board told me they do not consider non-commercial towers in 
> evaluation.
> As to property values and the CPI in Michigan, I think I'd talk to tax 
> attorney as my take is that applies to your property "as is". I think making 
> improvements such as finishing the basement, adding a room, or remodeling 
> *will* raise the property value.

I was just asking out of curiosity. People sometimes complain that a 
tower will lower their property values, so I was wondering whether there 
were any cases of towers doing the opposite.


Alan NV8A

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