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Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 of officially assessed value. Reassessments should be frequent in order to remove distortions that arise when property values change at differential rates. In practice, however, reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government—that is, when their effect is to increase total tax revenue.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so?


Property values have risen sharply and uniformly.

Property values have all risen—some very sharply, some less so.

Property values have for the most part risen sharply; yet some have dropped slightly.

Property values have for the most part dropped significantly; yet some have risen slightly.

Property values have dropped significantly and uniformly.

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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 19:02
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Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 of officially assessed value. Reassessments should be frequent in order to remove distortions that arise when property values change at differential rates. In practice, however, reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government—that is, when their effect is to increase total tax revenue.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so?


Property values have risen sharply and uniformly.

Property values have all risen—some very sharply, some less so.

Property values have for the most part risen sharply; yet some have dropped slightly.

Property values have for the most part dropped significantly; yet some have risen slightly.

Property values have dropped significantly and uniformly.

I came across this question today at mba.com and even if I understood the logic behind I do not know how to list this CR

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"a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so"

Reassessment should occur when property value changes at differential rates - A & E out
among B,C and D, only D provides a case where new taxes would be lower if reassessment is done. So it is highly unlikely that the reassesment would be done. (reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government).

Hence Ans D it is!
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Rates must have increased ununiformly or decreased ununiformly or there should have been increase in certain areas and decrease in other areas. So only B,C & D remain. Reassessment will not occur unless there has been more increase than decrease. So only D stands the test.

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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 23:19
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Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 of officially assessed value. Reassessments should be frequent in order to remove distortions that arise when property values change at differential rates. In practice, however, reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government—that is, when their effect is to increase total tax revenue.

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so?


Property values have risen sharply and uniformly.

Property values have all risen—some very sharply, some less so.

Property values have for the most part risen sharply; yet some have dropped slightly.

Property values have for the most part dropped significantly; yet some have risen slightly.

Property values have dropped significantly and uniformly.

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You might have come across mimic questions. You are given a particular argument and you have to find another argument which uses the same logic or you are given a situation and you have to find examples of that situation etc. This is a type of mimic question.
Understand the argument:
Property taxes are set at a flat rate per $1,000 of officially assessed value.
When property values change at differential rates, reassessment should happen.
In practice, reassessments occur when they increase total tax revenue.

When will total tax revenue increase? When the total assessed value increases.
Reassessments are needed when property values change at differential rates (rates of some properties go up, for some go down or for some go up steeply and for some go up slightly). But they will probably happen only when overall, the reassessed value will be higher than previous value (and when values change at differential rate)

In part D, the values have changed at differential rates so reassessment should happen. But the reassessed value will be lower than the current value so it will probably not happen.

Answer D
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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 00:50
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I'm not completely sure about the question resemble mimic the argument.

Mimic are soooo rare and unique (in OG 12th and 13th I do not remember it at all); moreover, they always say the word "mimic"

This question seems something like the role of the argument (bold face) without a bold or inference. A hybrid..........mah weird; it is one of those things that gmat does to make you completely out of balance or nervous. Even though it was not so difficult.

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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 01:05
Argument provides a particular phenomenon which is generally true and ask to Evaluate the situation in which the phenomenon is not true.

Phenomenon: Property tax is calculated based on the property value. Reassessment should be done if property value changes drastically. In practice government does reassessment only when property value has gone up.

Question ask us to evaluate a situation in which as per the phenomenon reassessment should be done but as per the practice government will not do the reassessment.

only option D provides such a situation.

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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 01:07
I remember seeing a question type as "Provide an example" somewhere. This question seem sto suit that structure.

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WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR A SCENARIO WHERE SITUATION DEMANDS REASSESSMENT DUE TO PROPERTY VALUE CHANGES AT DIFFERENTIAL RATES YET GOVERNMENT NOT IMPLEMENTING IT AS IT DOES NOT BENEFIT BUT RATHER LOSES.....

If the statements above are true, which of the following describes a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so?

Property values have risen sharply and uniformly.NO DIFFERENTIAL FACTOR....HENCE NOT APPLICABLE

Property values have all risen—some very sharply, some less so. GOVERNMENT BENEFITTING AND WILL GO FOR REASSESSMENT

Property values have for the most part risen sharply; yet some have dropped slightly.DIFFERENTIAL RATES ARE THERE BUT GOVERNMENT BENEFITTING AND WILL GO FOR REASSESSMENT

Property values have for the most part dropped significantly; yet some have risen slightly.....DIFFERENTIAL RATES APPLICABLE BUT GOVERNMENT WILL NOT GO FOR REASSESSMENT AS IT WILL BE AT LOSS...

Property values have dropped significantly and uniformly......NO DIFFERENTIAL FACTOR....HENCE NOT APPLICABLE

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Re: Property taxes are typically set at a flat rate per $1,000 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2014, 00:58
The question clearly mentions that " In practice, however, reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government".

and question asks "which of the following describes a situation in which a reassessment should occur but is unlikely to do so?"

Between D and E , E is ruled out because reassessments typically occur when they benefit the government and in choice E reassessments does not benefit the government.

Where as in D , Property values have for the most part dropped significantly; yet some have risen slightly.

Govt has for some reason to reassess the properity taxes, but unable to do that because most Property values have for the most part dropped significantly.

Hence correct answer is D :)
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