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Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.



We have all heard the old adage "You Can’t Fight City Hall." It wasn’t an adage for me recently. It was an actual experience. Not only couldn’t I fight city hall, I wasn’t even allowed in the ring. It all started with the new 2009 property assessments. Mequon property owners are now sadly aware that all property has been reassessed in value as of January 1, 2009. Average assessments were increased about 18%, not withstanding the collapse of the real estate market which accompanied the economic downturn.

Being the owner of a town house in the Concord Place Condominium I undertook an evaluation and comparison of all 109 of our town houses. WOW - did I find assessment mistakes of every kind in both Land and Building assessments, which I called to the attention of the assessor at the Open Book session and subsequently in two separate meetings. If his initial work is any indication of the accuracy of his assessments elsewhere on Mequon residential property - property owners are in big trouble.

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