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An architect called FOX40 because he says the Placer County Assessor’s Office falsely assessed the value of the eco-friendly mansion he designed.

“Higher value of this house means more taxes,” Martin Tarafdar told FOX40. “They’re taxing my brain.”

Tarafdar pulled out documents from the Assessor’s office, which state the roof forms a way pattern, casting a shadow inside of the house.

“It was a creative idea I had. It has no construction value. You can’t feel it or touch it,” which is why he wonders why he can be taxed on it.

“We did make a mistake,” the Placer County Assessor’s Office told FOX40. Representatives admitted the house was “misclassified” initially, and has now been reclassified.

“I don’t care if my financial problem was solved. It’s everybody else out there.” Tarafdar said.

If he hadn’t complained and demanded the county change it, there may have been several hundred thousand dollars extra in property taxes on his Folsom Lake home.

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  • Retirement4Real

    Placer County has always been more than fair in my experience. Sounds like Taradar is trying to not pay any tax or even a fair share of property tax. Look at his extreme house, would you like that monstronsity next to your property?

  • deniseki

    I've been to Martin's house, its beautiful and made of all green materials and he almost has no neighbors at all, they're very far apart. Hes on the very end of a long private drive and you cant see his house from any road or even from his driveway. The house is called "Shipwreck" and its amazing and unobtrusive. Sounds to me like you're a "Negative Nancy" whiner with nothing to say. The county admitted to the mistake, did you miss that part???