From The Consumerist:
An 84 year old widow recently found out she's been paying too much property tax on her home for more than two decades because of an error by the original assessor. But the city has only offered to pay her back for one year of the overcharge.To see the full story:
The small, one story Racine, WI, home has a pair of windows that look out from the attic. And when the original tax assessor came by to look at the property in 1987, he didn't go inside and assumed that the attic was actually another bedroom, which meant another 500 square feet.
It wasn't until 2008, after her husband passed away, that the woman went to the city looking for some way to bring down her tax burden, when someone noticed the error.
The city, which has offered to repay her the most recent overcharge of around $450, acknowledged the error but says it's a homeowner's responsibility to notice these sorts of mistakes.