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Effing broken data [Feb. 26th, 2010|11:42 pm]
Very frustrating week at work.

One of the things I do at work is to take the datasets I curate and generate derived products for people. I've been working on doing this for the EPA (who have given us actual money) for one of the very-much-delayed datasets that is FINALLY getting finished.

The thing is, in this particular case, what we're getting from the modelers is only about 90% finished. All the data is there, but it needs some banging on with the old data-hammer before I can run it through the machinery I've built.

So all week I have been finding problems and fixing them and re-running it and finding new problems and fixing them and doing it again and go-go-going because not only is this thing HEINOUSLY overdue, I have this ever-growing pile of things I've been putting off while I finish it because I keep thinking that the end is just around the corner. And then I discover a new problem that was being masked by the one I just fixed.

I stayed at work until 9 pm tonight before giving up in defeat. I was very much hoping to meet up with Jason & Alex, but 'tis not to be. Blah.

But on the plus side, the appraisal happened and came in at $10k over what we're paying. So that's nice.

[User Picture]From: zalena
2010-02-27 04:12 pm (UTC)
Higher appraisals mean higher taxes, not necessarily the price one can get on the market. However, since you should be staying there awhile, this shouldn't be an issue.

My week was simultaneously highly productive and not particularly rewarding. I get to the end of the week and---without reward---feel as though I have done nothing.
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2010-02-27 04:43 pm (UTC)
It also means that the loan isn't going to fall through at the last minute.

How does Colorado do property taxes? Is it partially gauged to the initial purchase price, or is it current assessed value? The latter is problematic during housing bubbles, but there shouldn't be another big one of those for a few decades.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2010-02-27 05:07 pm (UTC)
Current assessment... at least as far as I'm aware. (It could be a civic entity rather than a state one that makes these decisions.) This has been one of the big revenue issues for civic and state funding: the erosion of property tax revenues, since people's homes aren't worth as much as they were a few years ago. I'm not quite sure how the assessors handle this issue, but I do know there has been a lot of controversy (and reassessments) based on assessors quotes going UP even as property prices have gone down.
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