West Side Real Estate News & Notes
Norton announces fixed rate for natural gas aggregation program
NORTON — City of Norton officials have announced they have established a low fixed rate for natural gas for members of the city’s aggregation program.
Residents currently in the city’s natural gas program supplied by IGS Energy will pay a fixed rate of $4.77 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) for all gas billed during December 2012 through November 2013.
Residents and businesses currently in the program do not need to take any action, as they will automatically receive this low rate, according to city officials.
“We are pleased to have been able to set a rate that is lower than last year’s attractive rate,” said City Administrator Rick Ryland. “That means our residents will have an option that provides for low heating bills again this winter.”
Newly eligible accounts were to have received an opt-out letter from IGS Energy on or about Oct. 20. Those residents will be added to the program unless they contact IGS Energy and ask not to be included.
Residents who are served by another supplier may seek enrollment in the city’s aggregation program by calling IGS Energy at 800-280-4474 or responding to the letter they receive from IGS Energy. Further, residents served by other suppliers are encouraged to review the terms and conditions of their current supplier agreement before enrolling.
New customers to the program must be in good standing and cannot be part of the Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP). For more information, call IGS Energy at 800-280-4474.
Summit County consumers should beware of offers to help reduce property taxes
SUMMIT COUNTY — According to the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs (SCOCA), consumers are receiving letters from companies offering to lower their property taxes, and should beware.
These companies will charge fees to research and dispute a property’s assessment, guaranteeing that they will lower taxes, according to the SCOCA. Even though some companies might actually perform some work by filing a request for a property reassessment on your behalf, consumers may do the same thing for free.
“Scammers are extremely good at tricking consumers into paying for services that can be done for free or by not providing them with what was promised,” said Cynthia Sich, director of the SCOCA. “If you receive material in the mail, by telephone or email, call our office at 330-643-2879 to check on a company’s complaint history before you pay or agree to their service.”
The Office of Consumer Affairs reminds consumers to watch out for:
• letters that look as if they are from government agencies, but in fact are from private companies;
• requirements to pay an upfront fee to challenge an assessment;
• services that request a certified copy of your property deed, costing you more money; and
• companies that ask for your Social Security number.
The Summit County Fiscal Office’s Board of Revision reviews complaints about property values. To learn how to file complaints, contact the Board of Revision at 330-926-2559 or visit fiscaloffice.sum mitoh.net/index.php/board-of-revision-complaint.
“Any property owner who wishes to file against the valuation of real property can do so on your own,” said Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise. “There is no cost or fee to file with Board of Revision.”
By statute, an application can be submitted to the Board of Revision after Jan. 1 but prior to the close of business at 4 p.m. March 31.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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