High taxes hurt properties
Assessment challenges seem to be a trend for a number of towns.
Earlier this month, ConAgra won a reduction from the town of Pomfret while in the town of Westfield there are challenges being posed by Tops and Absolut Care. In the big picture, these companies know municipalities in this area are not working to keep costs down, instead they are working to maintain what they have.
In challenging the assessment, especially if the business wins, it does bring some tax relief. But other residents in that municipality will then pay more as the village, town or school district has to make up that revenue.
Each year taxes go up, property values go down. If businesses cannot get breaks from the numerous layers of government when it comes to taxes then an assessment challenge is their only defense.