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    Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Read the linked article, then answer the question

    Heavy rains last week forced the river to unprecedented levels, causing earthen portions of the dam to collapse and sending a torrent of water rushing downstream. The concrete section of the dam remained intact, but the swollen river damaged about half the 1,000 homes and cabins above it. The lake quickly emptied.

    "We have over $100 million in homes on the lake and none of them are worth what they were when they had water in front of them," said Jim Willey, director of the Lake Delhi Recreation Association. "You have a home with a lake or a home with a mud flat.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Read the linked article, then answer the question
    Nope.

    You build a home near water, expect to get it wet at least once.
    That is the chance you take.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Nope.

    You build a home near water, expect to get it wet at least once.
    That is the chance you take.
    If you read the article, you would know that actually, the houses are high and dry...
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    If you read the article, you would know that actually, the houses are high and dry...
    It said some of the houses weren't.
    Approximately half of the 1000.

    "The concrete section of the dam remained intact, but the swollen river damaged about half the 1,000 homes and cabins above it."
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Whether "taxpayer dollars" are used by the government or the taxpayers for this purpose, they'll still be taxpayer dollars.

    The government is just more likely to screw things up.

    So no.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    If it is in the broader public interest to restore the lake, so that all people have access to it, then yes. But restoring property values should not even be factored into any decision.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    One would think living below a dam, that home owners would maybe... just maybe get flood insurance?

    But no, no taxpayer money for home property values. Yes, to repairing the dam.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    From what I understand the dam is merely for recreational purposes and not for flood control or power generation.

    They should really bother to repair that.
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    The government should not use tax payer funds to restore property values. If the tax payers own the damn and it is used for flood control or hydroelectric power, then damn itself should be fixed for those purposes .
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    Re: Should taxpayer dollars be used to restore property values?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    One would think living below a dam, that home owners would maybe... just maybe get flood insurance?

    But no, no taxpayer money for home property values. Yes, to repairing the dam.
    That is what would restore the property values to the homes that are now high and dry...
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