Has the value on your recent property tax assessment gone up? Is your property on the proposed ACP route? Are you in the blast zone? Will your view be ruined if the proposed right-of-way is cleared?
Of course, we are still fighting the pipeline and, in the end, we believe justice will prevail and keep this monstrosity from being built. However, until the project is cancelled once and for all, it is hard to believe that lands impacted by the pipeline should be assessed at an increased value over the what their assessments were before the ACP was announced to be coming through.
We never thought that the ACP would increase the value of our lands, and the 2016 Key Log Study confirmed our fears. Indeed, we are convinced that just the threat of the ACP has already lessened the market value of many Nelsonian’s land. Among the potential negative impacts of the ACP that could affect your property value are things like:
- the risk of losing your home (or worse) to an explosion should there be a leak in the pipe,
- a 50′ perpetual right of way limiting your use of your land
- the removal of all trees along the 125’ clear-cut construction right-of-way
- further clear-cut areas for the hundreds of “additional temporary work spaces” that are scattered along the route
- additional clearing for of miles of access roads which may make it easier for trespassers to come onto your private property
- the damage to nearby stream ecosystems and possible disruption of groundwater sources,
- the noise and destruction during construction and the likely erosion problems that we anticipate will last long after the construction crews leave
- loss of scenic views…which can even be the case for some properties that are relatively far off the route
If you want to appeal your new property assessment, YOU MUST DO THAT BY THIS FRIDAY, December 8, 2017. To file an appeal, call the number that is on the back of your assessment notice: 800-393-5128. They will take your information and either make a determination over the phone, or give you further information about the next steps.
You have the right to appeal your property tax assessment — even if you have signed an easement with ACP — we strongly encourage you to do so.
If you have questions about whether your property is on the route, on an access road or in the blast zone, please send us an e-mail ASAP, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your phone number and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.