BETHLEHEM - What would you do if your assessed property value all of a sudden shot up 500% or more and you didn't have the money to pay the extra taxes? For several dozen Bethlehem property owners on Thursday night, they decided to fight back.
About three dozen demonstrators marched outside the Milestone Restaurant on Route 9W, where inside many town officials were attending a political fundraising dinner.
The people holding protest signs say they're overwhelmed and under attack.
"We're not going to back off," declared Glen Lashen, a 70-year old who owns 75 acres of land that have been in his family since the beginning of the Civil War, land where the reassessed value has gone up 266%, and property that Lashen believes wasn't reassessed properly or professionally.
"(The assessors) didn't walk the property," he says, "They admitted they didn't walk the property."