ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) – There was an overflow crowd at the St. Clair Shores Library for a Property Tax Town Hall Meeting.

Organizer and recently elected State Representative for the 24th District of St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township, Tony Forlini, says he’s surprised but understands why there was such a large turnout.

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“You know we’ve got a more than adequate turnout, we put this out for the residents to come and understand their taxes, so it’s more of an understanding of what the property taxes are, as opposed to just appealing,” Forlini tells WWJ’s Mike Campbell.

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State Rep Forlini says a similar meeting awhile ago in Harrison Township drew only 10 people. The Republican Lawmaker calls it ‘good’ that people want to learn more about their taxes, adding, perhaps it’s part of the rising concern of government spending.

On the front lines of assessing homes, Bob Rychlik, recently hired out of retirement as a City Assessor for St. Clair Shores.

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“I’ve been called everything in the book, and most of the people, I’d say 99 percent come in mad. I’ve got that kind of personality where I joke around with them- I talk to them, and when we get done, I’m like, their best friend,” says Rychlik.