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Posted: 26 April 2013 07:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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Wynn, I am “worried” about your property tax rate to the extent that I think it’s important to know the basis for your argument that property taxes are too high.  It’s only logical that one would look to see what you have paid in comparison to your neighbors and in comparison to others.

Demonize?  I didn’t demonize anyone (I think you’ve cornered the market on doing that).  I didn’t even mention the name of the candidate.  All I did was point out that one of the candidate’s property taxes had increased less than one percent annually over the past ten years which caused me to question his assertion that his property taxes were high (the same way I researched and questioned yours).

 

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Posted: 29 April 2013 07:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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Stacia:  Just to be sure that folks understand the intent:
1. On social services I believe we should have a combination of support from taxes and donations.  Five agencies should be supported at a maximum rate of about $250,000.  All other amounts and other agencies should get funds through donations.  The five agencies that should be supported are Emergency Shelter, Crisis Center, CASA, Boys and Girls club and Hospice.  I encourage everyone that is concerned about funding for SSAB to donate, that is why I set up the Water Bill donation program through the city for SSAB.  I kick in 50 dollars a month.  I ask everyone that pays a water bill to kick in one dollar.
2. I believe every citizen has an obligation to pay taxes.  I prefer consumption tax over property tax.  I believe we should have a safety net for the poor, but not a hammock.  An example of the hammock is the federal giveaway of cell phones to the poor.  We seem to interchange the words poor and needy, not sure they are the same.
3.  UFM is just one of the agencies that I do not think should be in the same category for tax support as the emergency shelter.  The point made was that if you give at the office (tax dollars taken) then you have less to donate.  Cannot have it both ways.  I would prefer to donate to other agencies not UFM.  However my water bill donation can be directed to UFM by the SSAB.
4.  You jump to a very false conclusion that I ran for office to lower my taxes.  I did it to lower the city debt and all taxes.  I will hardly benefit, but the many folks on a fixed income deserve some consideration.
My final point is that I would not call Debbie a Communist.  Socialist maybe, but I do not think she meets the bill of a cold war commie, those guys were truly evil people.  I am against using the tax code for social engineering and for income redistribution.  The current tax code Federal, State, County City etc is less focused on raising revenue to run the legitimate function of government and more on what you called the dog whistle topics.
I have always made it clear that the primary interest in getting involved in government is to reduce the cost, eliminate waste and maintain core functions.  We of course totally disagree on the definition of many of those concepts.  But it is incorrect on your part to state that I am against providing any social services.  It is correct to state that I support the flat tax or the Fairtax and whatever consequences that may have for the population as a whole, rich or poor.  I tend to think it will be best for both sides of the equation.  Glad you got the main point that the goal is lower taxes for all, nothing to be appalled about in that concept. 

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Posted: 29 April 2013 07:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Debbie:  The issue is not about my specific property tax rate.  I do not personally worry about individual rates as they are the product of the government system of assessment of property.  The government system is not centered on how an individual values the property, their source of income, ability to pay or sources of individual revenue.  The current property tax system works against anyone retired or on a fixe income.  My concern is about government spending in general and working to reduce the tax burden for all.  I am not prepared to state, it is a burden we must accept.  No it is a burden we need to reduce.  We seem to be on a steady climb of increased taxes.  I see nothing wrong with reversing that trend.  I find it to be out of line when folks make comments that the tax rate only increased 1.5% or that it was only a small amount.  Those comments are all relative to specific individual circumstances.  I still believe that last year the County and the City raised the mil levy unnecessarily.  The county increase was 1.8% and the city 3%.  Total tax bill change was only .5% because the USD made the difference by actually reducing the levy by -3.9%.  Many folks seem to have become accustomed to two things, yearly mil levy increase and yearly assessment increase.  I would like to change that concept.

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