Skip to comments.Liberal Austin homeowners surprised to find they have to pay all the taxes they voted for
Posted on 06/02/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Im at the breaking point, said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.
Its not because I dont like paying taxes, said Gardner, who attended both meetings. I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I cant afford to live here anymore. Ill protest my appraisal notice, but thats not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.
I’m really just bringing this to your attention for this quote alone. Voting and paying are different endeavors entirely. Often, when one has to pay for the things one has voted to fund, that decision becomes less flippant. This is a comment, less on the specifics of Texas’ or Austin’s tax system than the blaring disconnect between liberals in Austin who are voting for higher taxes and the actual paying of the taxes. Which, as it turns out, is painful, discouraging, and can be a detriment to the fabric of the city.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation offers this on the complexity and salience of Texas property taxes:
In Texas, there are more than 3,900 localities that impose property taxes, including school districts, counties, and special districts. Texas property tax burden has grown from approximately 1 percent of value in the early 1980s to nearly 3 percent today.
The rising burden from property tax is worse for the housing-rich but income-poor elderly homeowners. For example, elderly homeowners tend to move more often to reduce their property tax burden, which is an additional cost of owning a home for those who can least afford to move.
Interestingly, another reason voters hate property taxes is because they are more salient. A salient tax means that the burden is transparent, easy to understand, and hard to avoid. If paid directly, property taxes are found to be more salient compared with sales taxes applied at checkout or income taxes withheld from a paycheck.
In 2012, the free-market think tank suggested swapping the local property tax for a sales tax:
New research suggests that if Texas eliminates its local property tax system, ranked as the 14th most oppressive in the nation, and instead replaces those lost revenues with an adjusted sales tax, then the ensuing flood of capital investment and business activity could ignite the Texas economy for years to come.
Thats right, just by changing how Texas governments collect public dollarsbut not how much they spendthe Legislature can give the economy and peoples wallets a major boost.
By how much, you ask? Our estimates suggest quite a bit.
Either way, I don’t think Gretchen Gardner is ever going to make the connection between her voting pattern and her bill.
EMBRACE THE SUCK......................
Commie libs always fall for their ‘RAT “massas” rants that only Republicans, TEA Party types and conservatives will have to pay taxes. Liberals sure aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.
Uh, that was you in the voting booth, knucklehead!
Texas has no state income tax so the municipalities gotta make it up somehow.
If she’d like to comfort herself she can sit down and figure out how much she’s saving by just having a higher property tax rate as opposed to a 7% income tax rate or whatever.
Not that I don’t think the property tax should be abolished...it should, on Homestead property at least.
Liberals always think that “other people” will have to pay for the things they vote for. It is always a surprise to them when reality slaps them up side the head.
Now, where did I put my tiny violin.....
Remember the single mom living in a motel room with her 14 kids shouting that “somebody has to take responsibility for these kids”. Same mindset.
Where’s that miniature violin at?
Somebody’s gotta make room for all the Californians moving in.
Gretchen Gardner ... you’re it.
I agree that taxes on the homestead should be abolished. As long as the government can take your property for taxes you don’t really own it.
I have contended for a long time that we should get rid of the federal income tax withholding. Make everyone write a check every quarter to the federal government for their income tax liability. Kind of like filling the tank up on the family soccer bus every 3 days with $4 a gallon gas.
Gretchen ought to move to Lampassas. Then, she can vote for all of those goodies in that fair city and watch her property taxes go up once again. Some people are beyond stupid.
‘I voted for every perk and benefit and now I need the American public to bail me out because I made bad decisions, boo hoo hoo’
awww, did the little piggy fall down in its own mud and can’t get up?
i.e. research paid for by Realtor lobbies that shows that lowering property taxes will help businesses associated with property but most likely leaves out what will happen to the retail sector.
At least a sales tax would get some more contributions from illegals.
The Republican Establishment are just as complicit as the Democrats in the super-high property tax rates in Texas. The Republicans have blocked appraisal caps - the ONE easy method to force taxing entities to actually vote for higher taxes if they want more money (now they sit back and watch revenue come in as property values soar).
There is actually only ONE PERSON who has really stuck his neck out to put an end to that, and that is Dan Patrick (who’s now the favorite for Lt. Gov, where he can actually do something about it) - and this lady probably DESPISES him more than any other politician because (A) he’s a Republican, and (B) because he’s against open borders.
She has gotten EVERYTHING she deserves, given her attitude.
The problem is, they can raise your taxes by increasing the value of your house just about anytime they want to. Of course, you can try to fight it, but it takes a lot of time and effort, and your chance of success is iffy.
It's a partial wealth tax.
They all say that...”It’s not that I don’t want to pay taxes...”
Liberals. Too stupid to be idiots.
There it is, short & sweet.
As that California lib put it: "Of course I want the poor to have healthcare, but I didn't think I would have to pay for it!"
Let them pay for their own stupidity.
And there are the dumbass renters who vote for every park, yada yada.
And are stunned that their landlord raises rents because his property taxes increased.
I doubt they ever become aware of actual "reality." I'm sure the "big picture" she has in mind involves having "the rich" pay for the stuff she votes for. These people believe in Utopia and the Tooth Fairy.
Free-market suggested swapping local property taxes for sales tax?
Are you kidding me? Just another way of taking money from folks to feed leviathan. How about reducing the size and scope of government so taxes would be less oppressive.
Hey Gretchen..You tried with your votes, but now.... Its time for YOU to address the “big picture” u created...put the barrel in your mouth and pull the damned trigger...You'll feel much better about yourself and your votes shortly after...
So many are so uninformed that they do not know there is a connection between property taxes and monthly house payments.
LOL, they give idiots a bad name.
Liberals aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they are, to paraphrase Al Haig “in charge here!”
“But I just voted for a bunch of government spending. Someone else I supposed to pay the taxes.”
Gretchen: Drop dead. You voted for it. You own/owe it.
Good luck in your new Obama-approved paper box house.
Dumb ahole. What did you expect, lower taxes?
Some people are pepertually stuck on stupid.
High taxes are supposed to be painful you stupid schmucks.
I second your Bwhahahahaha.
Libs would be cute if they weren't so dangerously dumb.
Liberals never vote with a well informed full consideration of all the ramifications of what they vote in favor of, or with any objective study as to whether or not the objectives of the policy will or even can be achieved. They vote only because the vote makes them FEEL good, makes them FEEL they are doing a “good thing”.
OMG when I saw that video with the 14 kids I was DISGUSTED!!!!!! This
Is when I knew how much trouble this country was in 14 kids and not enough common sense to even THINK about how in the HELL they were
going to survive!!!!! Birth control IS AVAILABLE everywhere FREE for
God’s sake and this woman was to stupid to take a pill each day!!!!!!
“I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I cant afford to live here anymore. Ill protest my appraisal notice, but thats not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
Hah!!! Funniest thing I’ve read in years! A low information voter who votes to tax “other” people and finds out she is one of them! Hah!
The problem with property taxes is people who don't own property get to vote on whether to raise taxes on property they don't own. Further if you are a property owner you never really own it, you must always pay that fee or the Gub'ment will take it away from you and then sell it to someone else who has to pay the fee or they in turn will lose it.
“Make everyone write a check every quarter to the federal government for their income tax liability. “
The day before election day would be my preference.
The stupid, it burns.
Did it ever occur to her that OTHER people could not afford to live there after all the taxes imposed for "parks, libraries, school improvements, light rail and anything that will make the city better" that SHE voted for?
No, she didn't. She only woke the F up when it gored her ox.
I so despise these people.