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Resident outraged by property tax bill increase as values plummet

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Dr. Robert Goeckel is pretty upset by a $500 increase on his property tax bill.

“We just recently got a property tax assessment which was an increase," Goeckel said. "And it seems to me, with everything that’s going wrong; our home property values dropping almost to zero, that to have an increase at this point in time is just outrageous.”

Goeckel lives in Flint and just can't make sense of it.

He said he has no problem paying the tab, but he’s appalled that something like this would happen considering the water crisis facing the city. He said officials are adding insult to injury, yet again.

“I opened the tax bill and immediately saw that it was an increase in taxes," Goeckel said. "It wasn’t a huge increase, it was very modest, but I started to call some friends in Flint and every one of them has had an increase in their property tax assessment.”

At 68, Goeckel is looking forward to retirement, but with the value of his house dropping faster than the national average, he wonders if he can retire.

“Our homes are virtually worth nothing at this point. We can’t even sell them. And I’m just really upset about it,” Goeckel said.

TV5 has placed several calls to Flint officials about the hike, but have not heard back.

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