There's No Place as Bad as This Home

Assessment flap doesn't bode well for the county's ambience

"Most people don't want an inspector coming on their property or coming to their house," Westfall notes, demonstrating the gift of understatement.

Perhaps that's wrong, though, and thousands of angry taxpayers will welcome government bureaucrats into their homes for the purpose of demonstrating that their homes are worth far less than the real-estate market would indicate. Presumably these people will "dress down" their homes -- the way one "dresses up" when trying to sell.

Why this would work -- why detailed inspections would overrule the marketplace -- is not clear. Where the money will come from for new inspectors is even less clear.

But we do know this for sure: Domicile self-abuse is upon us.

Taxpayers are so mad they're punching holes in walls.

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