A Tale of Two Buildings

Are political ties getting one Douglas County property owner a tax break?

But Hoy's office maintains that the discrepancy is due to the finished basement, not differences in floor plan. And despite Mark Scheffel's assurances that his mother filed the building permits, Hoy's office continually told Demander that they had no such record. If such a document existed, it would been added to their records in January of this year. Normally, the Parker Building Division mails the Douglas County Assessor's Office a stack of permits each month; Marilyn Scheffel's would have been included in November 2004.

Last week, after Westwordcalled the Parker Building Division and asked about it, the permit appeared; however, none of the officials can explain why two halves of the same parking lot are valued differently.

"Believe me, if I had known about this before the notices went out, you bet we would have picked up and fixed it," Hoy says.

Twin towers: Is Susan Demander's building really 
worth $169,747 more than her neighbor's?
Mark Manger
Twin towers: Is Susan Demander's building really worth $169,747 more than her neighbor's?

But Susan Demander isn't getting her hopes up. "I'm not really convinced that anything is going to happen," she says. "I guess I'm kind of taking the wait-and-see attitude."

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