Assessment appeals crowd grows

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Miami-Dade residents appealing their property assessment are lining up, and they’ll have a long wait. Tax notices go out this week, and  Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia’s decision to disregard foreclosure sales will leave many assessed values higher than residents expect. In short, even if homes on either side of a paid-up house sold for $150,000 after going through a foreclosure and resale, a similar but better maintained home could be assigned a much higher taxable value. That will prompt a flood of appeals, which must be filed within 25 days of getting the assessment.