British Architect Volume 2

British Architect Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...had been no addition made to the property, the assessor had raised it from 120, which he always thought too high, to 140. 'He had had a conversation with the assessor, who, on interrogation, had told him his reasons for so doing. His first reason was that house property in the country had increased in value very much since 25 years ago. He denied that an old-fashioned country house had increased in value. In the neighbourhood of Kirkcaldy they had not done so. It was quite true that in a mercantile part of the town small and convenient houses did let at a very considerable rent; but he thought the meeting would agree with him when he said that country houses in Fife had not been raised in the same way. The assessor many years ago said he was satisfied that the valuation was too high, and he reduced it, which was another reason he gave for increasing it now. The other reason was that he had brought in water from the waterworks. Now, he was quite willing to agree that this was a very great convenience; but he never knew that want of water previously. And at the same time he paid the water rates, 7 or 8 a year. He also paid 100 for the pipes. Therefore he could not understand why it was raised 20 in value.--Mr. Patrick said it was not to be held as a good principle that because a house was once valued at a certain figure it was never to be altered. Circumstances might arise and the assessor would be bound to interfere. Captain Oswald had stated his reasons very fairly. He thought that houses such as Dunnikier, situated about two and a half miles from Kirkcaldy--the seatof large manufactorieswere in more demand, and consequently the value would be raised. He also thought it but fair that mansion-houses near such a...show more

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  • Paperback | 856 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 43mm | 1,497g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652797
  • 9781236652799