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  • Who Has the Magic Plan to Stop the New Jersey Exodus?

    11/29/2014 10:16:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/29/2014 | ROD KACKLEY
    New Jersey’s openly gay state assemblyman, who was called “numbnuts” [1] in 2012 by Gov. Chris Christie (R), thinks he can do what Christie has never been able to do, numb or not: get New Jerseyans to stay in New Jersey.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s (D) solution is astoundingly simple. He wants to offer state home and business owners the opportunity to slash their property taxes by 25 percent.The New Jersey Legislature would then be tasked with figuring out how to make up the difference through budget cuts.The best Christie has been able to offer is a cap on future property...
  • Pocono property taxes are worst in Pa.

    10/14/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Oct 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM | David Pierce
    Pennsylvania property tax relief should be targeted to taxpayers in the few school districtsmost particularly in Monroe Countywith the highest tax burdens, without completely eliminating school property taxes statewide, says a new report. High property taxes are a problem in only 30 of Pennsylvanias 500 school districts, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center report released last week. Monroe Countys four school districts rank among the top five districts statewide for percentage of taxable household income going to pay property taxes. [] The average total property tax bill in Monroe County is between $3,000 and $4,000. Households in the...
  • Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

    09/22/2014 6:29:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn. But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by under state open records laws. And thats in a district where this year 22 percent of teachers were deemed as not achieving the effective teaching standard, DPS data shows. Critics say the ProComp tax increase was always about collecting more tax revenue for the district than rewarding teachers who truly help...
  • Making Heads or Tails Out of Texas School Finance

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by thetallguy24
    Hardhatters ^ | 09/12/2014 | Jordan Long
    It was bone-chillingly cold in the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. There, a group of Texans had gathered to formally announce their break from the despotic Mexican state recently established by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With the Alamo under siege almost 200 miles to the southwest, the settlers methodically listed their complaints in the Texas Declaration of Independence. One of them lashed out at the Mexican government for neglecting to establish any public system of education although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to...
  • Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process

    06/06/2014 12:30:01 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/5/14 | Lori Hawkins and Shonda Novak
    On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesnt change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes. Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values. Im at the breaking point, said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood...
  • Liberal Austin homeowners surprised to find they have to pay all the taxes they voted for

    06/02/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    NIMBY, literally. “I’m 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.“It’s not because I don’t 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 can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in...
  • Property tax a ticking time bomb (in Chicago)

    05/28/2014 2:42:40 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 27, 2014 | MADELEINE DOUBEK
    Chicago residents who are worried about a $250 million property tax hike because of the pension bill Gov. Pat Quinn is weighing dont know the half of it. Or maybe three-quarters of it. Its time Chicagoans confront the fact that theres a nuclear property tax time bomb already set and ticking away here. Theres the potential for another $600 million property tax increase coming in December to fix police and fire pensions. And then maybe another $696 million needed next year for Chicago Public School pensions. Back to police and fire. Public Act 096-1495, passed in 2010, reads, in part,...
  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Limbaugh Says Democrats Are Living in Mortal Fear of the Day This Huge Story Is Widely Reported

    03/22/2014 10:59:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday took a shot at the mainstream media and even some conservative outlets for underreporting on the success of Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin. Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times about the Wisconsin Assembly passing Walkers $504 million tax-cut plan. As previously reported by TheBlaze, Walker intends to use part of Wisconsins projected $977 million surplus to pay for property and income tax cuts.
  • Class action suit slams citys property tax system as discriminating against blacks, Hispanics

    02/28/2014 6:56:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Corinne Lestch
    The citys property tax system has long been criticized for favoring homeowners over renters, but a bombshell lawsuit filed Wednesday charges that it discriminates against blacks and Hispanics as well. The allegation, if upheld, could force a radical overhaul in how property taxes are levied potentially forcing homeowners to pay billions of dollars more each year. The state would have to alter the property tax system to address the disparities, which would change the distributions of property tax burdens, said Doug Turetsky of the Independent Budget Office.
  • New York Mans Home Seized After He Comes Up $936 Short on $10,813 Tax Tab

    02/06/2014 7:26:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 05, 2014 |
    New York mans home seized after he comes up $936 short on $10,813 tax tab A Syracuse man had his home seized after he paid back $9,877 in city taxes over a six-month period -- but came up $936 short. "I tried so hard. I tried so hard to make these payments," Calvin James, who found out he lost the home when he walked into City Hall on Dec. 6 with a $1,500 check, told The Syracuse Post-Standard. The property had been seized Dec. 4. The paper reported that the city launched an aggressive foreclosure campaign in 2012. The program...
  • Real cost of pension inaction (coming to a city and school district near you)

    11/07/2013 11:50:41 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 7, 2013 | Nathan A. Benefield, director of policy analysis at the Commonwealth Foundation
    Is your family ready to lose a mortgage payment or give up cellphone service for increased property and state taxes? Or would you rather see 33,000 public school teachers in Pennsylvania nearly one out of every three lose their jobs? With pension costs set to drive up the average family's taxes nearly $900 annually, those are the harsh choices Pennsylvanians face unless we demand reform now. The state's two pension systems, for state government workers (SERS) and public school employees (PSERS), have more than $47 billion in debt. It's a shortfall that taxpayers must cover. And the bill...
  • When Taxes Lien Too Far

    09/18/2013 8:26:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 18, 2013 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    Daniel Webster famously observed that, The power to tax is the power to destroy. We often see arguments over taxes framed as conflicts between the compassionate and the miserly. If you care about the poor, we are told, you will support higher taxes to provide them with better services. Any cautions about taxation are often dismissed as selfishness, stinginess or even greed. But who is really victimized when the power to tax is abused or mismanaged? The Washington Post recently ran a series of articles exposing years of extensive incompetence and abuse in the collection of property taxes which put...
  • Left with nothing (Americans losing homes for unpaid tax bills as little as $44)

    09/08/2013 3:19:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | September 8, 2013 | Michael Sallah, Debbie Cenziper, Steven Rich
    On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb.
  • Man owed $134 in property taxes. The District sold the lien to an investor who foreclosed

    09/07/2013 11:27:30 PM PDT · by RC one · 106 replies
    On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb. Movers carted out his easy chair, his clothes, his television. Next came the things that were closest to his heart: his Marine Corps medals and photographs of his dead wife, Martha. The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go. All...
  • Easton, PA Man Pays Property Taxes in $7143 One Dollar Bills

    09/08/2013 6:31:51 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on August 30, 2013
    Love it. He says most people simply have the taxes escrowed and do not see how much is stolen from them every year. We need more people doing this!
  • There's A Simple, Unbiased Way To Figure Out Whether To Rent Or Buy

    08/10/2013 10:34:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/10/2013 | LEONARD BARON, ZILLOW
    If you are a renter and pondering whether its time buy a home, one thing that might be on your mind is a rent vs. own analysis. As you can imagine, this analysis will help you determine the financial benefits of owning a home vs. staying a renter. Many online rent vs. own analysis tools are available, but a little caution is needed, as some of these tools are very biased and skewed. Some always find that it typically makes sense to buy, while others show that you should rarely buy. Most of them look at the difference between the...
  • If You Live In New York And You Rent, You're Paying A Huge Tax You Don't Even Know About

    07/01/2013 9:17:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2013 | Josh Barro
    If you live in New York City, you probably know that your income taxes are high. A combined city and state tax rate of 10.4% kicks in at just $22,000 of taxable income for a single person. You probably don't know that New York City has some of the country's highest taxes on apartment buildingsand if you're not subject to rent control, much of that cost is flowing through to you as a renter. Not all property taxes are high here: New York actually has very low taxes on owner-occupied homes. Our property tax system is a perverse cross-subsidy from...
  • Half of Detroit Properties Have Not Paid Taxes; Update on Detroit Bankruptcy

    02/25/2013 9:58:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/25/2013 | Michael Shedlock
    The hollowing out of Detroit is nearly complete. All that's left is a bankrupt shell of a city with no services and scattered citizens that do not pay taxes. The Detroit News reports Half of Detroit Property Owners Don't Pay Taxes Nearly half of the owners of Detroit's 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records. The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of...
  • Plans to Encase Detroit Home in Ice Move Forward

    11/14/2009 7:56:33 AM PST · by Son House · 31 replies · 1,287+ views
    Associated Press at Google News ^ | Nov 13 2009 | Associated Press
    A project to encase one of Detroit's thousands of abandoned homes in ice this winter to draw attention to foreclosures that have battered the region is moving forward and expanding. Photographer Gregory Holm said this week that the state's land bank agreed to donate a home on the city's east side for the Ice House Detroit project. The scope of the project by Holm and freelance architect Matthew Radune is growing. They plan to use some money they've raised to help a Detroit family get a home by paying back taxes on a foreclosure. Holm also said early-release prisoners will...
  • Report: 47 Percent of Detroit Property Owners Pay No Taxes

    02/22/2013 8:07:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    An estimated 47 percent of Detroits property owners pay no taxes, according to recent report from The Detroit News. n fact, according to The News, delinquency in the shattered city is so bad that that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes in 2012. Yes, one person paid taxes in an area covering 77 blocks. Many of the people interviewed by The News said that they dont understand why they should pay into a system that has failed to provide them with basic public services. Why pay taxes? asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his...
  • Michigan Teachers Rank No. 2 For Salary

    02/12/2013 12:24:51 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan teachers rank second in the nation in terms of salary when the cost-of-living is factored in, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Maryland ranked No. 1; Illinois was No. 3 followed by New York and California. The analysis of salaries comes after Michigan Superintendent of Education Mike Flanagan said he would like to see all full-time public schools teachers make $100,000 a year in salary, which he said would attract higher quality teachers. Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center, estimated it would take $4.2 billion to increase all teachers...
  • N.J.'s local tax bills keep spiraling upward

    10/21/2012 11:33:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/21/2012 | Anthony R. Wood
    Ted Marvel pays $4,900 in annual property taxes on his 1,000-square-foot home in the heart of Collingswood. In fact, his monthly tax bill - $407 - is starting to rival what he pays in principal and interest on his mortgage. Said Marvel: "They're going to meet soon." In the new millennium, New Jersey's property taxes, the highest in the nation, are exploring new heights. "It's astronomical," said Marvel. "It's crazy." That, too, his Garden State neighbors affirm.
  • Property-tax cheats facing crackdown

    07/29/2012 2:32:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 28, 2012 | Martha Brannigan
    For years decades, really Miami-Dade homeowners have been ducking property taxes by illegally claiming homestead exemptions, usually with impunity. .......The price of getting caught: Up to 10 years of unpaid back taxes, plus a 50 percent penalty and 15 percent annual interest.... Since January, six detectives from the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Miami-Dade Police Department have been working to bolster the muscle of 15 investigators at the Property Appraisers Office in nailing violators. That is up from two police detectives deployed in 2011 to tackle a backlog of some 3,500 complaints (now about 2,166) which typically come...
  • Will North Dakota be the first state to end property taxes?

    06/11/2012 2:27:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Post Bulletin ^ | 6/11/12 | Josh Goodman
    Will North Dakota be the first state to end property taxes?By Josh Goodman Associated Press Posted: Jun 11, 2012, 10:29 am WASHINGTON North Dakota voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of a ballot initiative that would make the state the first in the country to end property taxes. If any state is going to take such a dramatic step, North Dakota would seem to be a likely candidate. North Dakota is generally a conservative state, and fiscal conservatives generally support lower taxes. The state is also experiencing a surge in tax revenue unrivaled elsewhere. The property tax is...
  • PN Bakken: ND tax collections jump 44 percent (North Dakotaabolish property taxes)

    06/11/2012 2:23:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Petroleum Bakken ^ | May 6, 2012 | Rose Ragsdale
    In the April 17 edition of Forbes, contributor Josh Barro cited an astonishing jump in North Dakota tax collections in 2011 due to the recent oil and gas boom in the northern plains state. Citing U.S. Census Bureau report on 2011 state tax collections figures, Barro said tax collections in North Dakota have soared up 44.4 percent over 2010, all on the strength of the oil and gas boom in the Bakken shale formation. Severance taxes (taxes on natural resource extraction) leaped 65 percent from year to year and now make up 49 percent of the states tax collections....
  • North Dakota Drills Its Way Out Of Property Taxes

    06/12/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 12, 2012
    Energy Boom: One state has found a solution to job and economic growth so successful it may eliminate one of the most onerous of taxes. It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems. On Tuesday in North Dakota, a state flush with revenues from oil produced from the Bakken Shale formation it sits astride, voters were deciding whether theirs will become the first and only state not to have a property tax. If it passes (polls didn't close until after our press time), it ll be the first time a state has eliminated a...
  • Sign the Online Property Tax Independence Act Petition! (Pennsylvania)

    01/22/2012 3:33:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    State Representative Jim Cox Website ^ | January 22, 2012 | PA State Representative Jim Cox
    On February 7, Governor Tom Corbett will deliver his annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate. In addition to spelling out his budget plan for the year, this annual tradition provides the governor with a platform to identify his legislative priorities. Help us encourage the governor to make the Property Tax Independence Act his top priority by signing the online petition on my website. We want to show the governor that this issue deserves his attention and support as he outlines his agenda for 2012. To help us achieve this goal, we are collecting...
  • How Taxes Drive Down Home Values (What state and local officials can do to help housing market)

    12/01/2011 6:41:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/01/2011 | Nicole Gelinas
    Standard & Poors released the latest Case-Shiller data on house prices on Tuesday, and the results werent pretty. In the past five years, house prices have declined to 2003 levels, and the average home declined in price by 3.9 percent over the last year alone. National politicians are scrambling to reverse the trend. But the remedy lies in state houses and town halls. Two weeks ago, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress cited the struggling housing market as their reason for extending an emergency subsidy for homebuyers. The taxpayer-backed Federal Housing Administration will continue to guarantee mortgages on houses worth...
  • Harp Playing for Obama New-Old Home Program

    11/21/2011 11:05:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 21, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    Obama has less than one year to boost his ratings, and the latest housing bail-out plan is part of his campaign. But will it work in the long run? Lets take a look. HARP 2.0 (Home Affordable Refinance Program) launched this week with the hopes of helping at least 1 million underwater borrowers refinance into todays low rates, even if they owe much more on their home than its currently worth. While the rules are less stringent than the original not-so-effective HARP program, it still wont save enough underwater homeowners from losing their homes. Why? 1). It only applies to...
  • Obama administration to offer home re-fi plan "independent of how deeply underwater they are"

    10/24/2011 2:37:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is expanding his use of federal regulations by prodding the financial sector to sell low-interest mortgages to millions of cash-strapped homeowners independent of how deeply underwater they are, said Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday morning. White House officials worked with real-estate and financial-sector groups to shift the financial risks that have kept high-risk borrowers from getting mortgages. Under Obamas plan, mortgages will even be offered to homeowners who need to borrow 125 percent of a houses value, Donovan added.
  • Bam Sidesteps Congress on Housing

    10/24/2011 2:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | October 24, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: As I mentioned, "With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition --" this is the New York Times. The truth is his jobs plan is stymied in Congress by his inability to get Democrats to vote in majority for it. "-- President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: 'We cant wait' for lawmakers to act.' According to an administration official, Mr. Obama will kick off his new offensive in Las Vegas --" where he...
  • Homeowner Overcharged On Property Taxes For Two Decades. How Much Should City Repay?

    07/30/2011 9:28:40 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 34 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | July 18, 2011 | Chris Morran
    An 84-year-old widow recently found out she's been paying too much property tax on her home for more than two decades because of an error by the original assessor. But the city has only offered to pay her back for one year of the overcharge. The small, one-story Racine, WI, home has a pair of windows that look out from the attic. And when the original tax assessor came by to look at the property in 1987, he didn't go inside and assumed that the attic was actually another bedroom, which meant another 500 square feet. It wasn't until 2008,...
  • Governor eyes Hilo-Kona tax disparity issue

    05/22/2011 2:05:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Hawaii Tribune-Herald ^ | May 22, 2011 | Chelsea Jensen
    Abercrombie vows to fix system. West Hawaii pays a disproportionate percent of property taxes on Hawaii Island, and "we Democrats have to do something about it, and do something now," Gov. Neil Abercrombie told party supporters Saturday in Kailua-Kona. Some 116 people attended the Hawaii County Democratic Party's luncheon held at Hualalai Academy's Bridge Building. Abercrombie also covered topics ranging from energy and sustainability, affordable housing and the failed soda tax legislation. The governor noted that property owners on the west side Hawaii Island pay around 70 percent of all property taxes, even though far more people live on the...
  • Taxes keep rising despite property Deval-uation

    05/10/2011 5:29:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 6 replies ^ | 05/10/2011 | Howie Carr
    How can this be? The value of your home keeps going down, yet the property taxes never stop going up. Back in 2006, didn’t candidate Deval Patrick promise to cut property taxes? If he does have to testify under oath at Sal DiMasi’s corruption trial next week, I hope someone asks him about that pledge, just to establish his reputation for veracity, or lack thereof. “Governor, did you know you were lying when you vowed to cut property taxes, or maybe we all misunderstood you, and you really meant to say you were going to cut property values? Which is...
  • Could Declining House Values Spark the Next Taxpayer Rebellion?

    03/30/2011 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Of Two Minds ^ | March 30, 2011 | Charles Hugh Smith
    You might think property taxes have declined 30%, paralleling declines in housing values. But nope--property tax revenues have shot up 27% just since 2006.Something remarkable happened to property taxes in the U.S. while housing lost 31% of its value from 2006 to 2009: they went up by $100 billion (27%). Equally remarkably, as we can see from this U.S. Census Bureau data on state and local tax revenues, property taxes went up even when housing slumped in the early 1990s. So though U.S. housing continues losing value--U.S. home prices declined in January, continuing a downward trend that began in August,...
  • Even in Wealthy Town, Schools Feel Pinch (with $43K average property tax bill)

    03/08/2011 11:45:26 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    BRONXVILLE, N.Y. This wealthy New York suburb prides itself on its public schools. Class sizes are small. Students can choose from an array of subjects not offered everywhere. Teacher pay ranks among the nations highest. And voters long approved high real estate taxes to pay for it all. But even here as in other affluent enclaves corners are being cut, bringing home the wrenching debate that has caused turmoil in so many other communities. What some really fear is that the cuts will continue. You hear people say they want Mandarin taught in the sixth grade or...
  • The Hotel California is not just a song: liberal tax vampires making sure you cant check out

    12/07/2010 7:37:45 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies ^ | DECEMBER 7TH, 2010 | Kevin Coach Collins
    During a recent show Rush Limbaugh asked a caller, who was complaining about the terrible conditions he was suffering under the liberal tax vampires running California, why he doesnt move. The mans answer was instructive. He said the property taxes on his home were set so high it has become impossible to attract a buyer. The words from the old Eagles song Hotel California: We are programmed to receivebut you can never leave.. came to mind. A Liberal tax vampire Hotel California in Chicago This week brought news that the States of Illinois passed new tax increases to be paid...
  • Tax Cuts on Colorado Ballot Stir Alarm (of incumbents)

    09/21/2010 2:57:26 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2010 | DAN FROSCH
    DENVER With Republican candidates thundering against government spending and the Tea Partys popularity soaring in parts of the country, one might think that any proposal aimed at lowering taxes would be a safe bet for the Republican Party these days. But in a state known for strict constitutional limits on taxation, even Colorados conservative Republicans are alarmed by three ballot measures that would of all things cut taxes. The measures which would lower property, income and sales taxes; limit government borrowing; and reduce vehicle registration fees are widely seen as too extreme by Democrats and...
  • New Castle County Executive Chris Coons: A Rich Little Tax Raising Democrat

    09/17/2010 2:23:45 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    Delaware Libertarian ^ | 3/18/2009 | Tyler Nixon
    Well it looks like another domino is falling in the chain of tax-raising Democrat autocracy that is government most anywhere in Delaware, with city, county, state and federal government all solidly in the hands of tax more, borrow more, spend more Democrat politicians... On the heels of Wilmington Mayor Baker's promise that the city government will raise "taxes, fees, and anything we can," now comes blow #2 to the double-taxed Wilmington residents, as well as a blow to all other home and property owners in New Castle County: a WHOPPING 25% increase in property tax rates. COONS SEEKS 25% PROPERTY...
  • Secretive and possibly illegal process was used to decide nearly 26,000 challenges

    08/23/2010 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 10 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 8/22/10 | Mark Puente
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than $400 million in property values was wiped from Cuyahoga County's tax rolls without a public hearing in front of boards of revision in a secretive process that may be illegal and does not happen in the state's other urban counties, The Plain Dealer has found. A newspaper investigation of county records shows that of the 78,000 home and business owners who have formally challenged their tax assessments since March 2007, 17,500 -- including the county prosecutor and four members of the boards -- had their values lowered by one, two or three members of a...
  • City of Bell assessing illegally high property taxes

    08/14/2010 9:16:40 AM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 50 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 14, 2010 | Dan Walters
    State Controller John Chiang declared Friday that Bell the Southern California city enmeshed in a scandal over high salaries paid to city officials has been illegally assessing ultra-high property taxes.
  • Deal Reached To Cap Property Tax Hikes In NJ

    07/03/2010 4:06:42 PM PDT · by freelancer · 17 replies
    ap ^ | July 3, 2010 | ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press Writer
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ― New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Senate's Democratic leader struck a deal to cap annual local government spending and property tax growth at 2 percent, ending a two-day standoff that threatened to keep the Legislature working through the July Fourth holiday weekend. more here
  • Christie's budget victory

    07/02/2010 2:33:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 02, 2010 | Editorial
    In sharp contrast to Albany's ongoing budget fiasco, New Jersey's new GOP governor, Chris Christie, this week signed his first budget -- the lowest in five years for the Garden State. The $29.4 billion plan -- which passed the Democratic-controlled Legislature without compromises on Christie's part -- rejected major tax hikes and cut state spending by 2.2 percent from former Gov. Jon Corzine's last budget. Then, not resting on his laurels, Christie summoned the Legislature back into special session on the eve of the Independence Day weekend to enact a cap on property-tax hikes. Telling legislators their job was "only...
  • (Bill) White (D) releases tax returns, challenges (Rick) Perry (R-Texas) to debate

    06/09/2010 11:17:33 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 31+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 8, 2010, 9:21PM | PEGGY FIKAC
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White released his income tax returns Tuesday for the entire time he served as Houston mayor, disclosing $11.8 million in adjusted gross income over six years, largely related to his energy career, including investments, fees and sales of stock in companies on whose boards he served. ...White previously had released his 2009 return and said he released the 2004 to 2008 returns to call his (Perry's) bluff. ...This partial release of some tax returns creates further questions about how Bill White profited while serving Houston as a part-time mayor, Miner said, citing work by BTEC Turbines,...
  • Seniors lose property-tax exemptionyet again ( Colorado )

    06/02/2010 9:12:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 73 replies · 834+ views
    Colorado News Agency ^ | Jun 1st, 2010 | Debi Brazzale
    The senior homestead exemption for property taxes, amended into the state constitution by voters in 2000, has once again been put on hold through a bill signed into law by the governor last week. The move continues a succession of legislative flip-flops over whether to allow the exemption amid the states budgetary straits. The exemption allows people over age 65 who have lived in their homes at least 10years to exempt 50 percent of the first $200,000 of actual home value from taxation. The constitutional amendment allows the legislature to suspend or adjust the tax exemption in any given year....
  • Christie's Rx to bust Jersey bloat

    05/11/2010 3:53:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 807+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 11, 2010 | EILEEN NORCROSS
    On April 20, New Jersey voters backed Gov. Chris Christie in the first test of his drive to pull their state back from the fiscal brink -- producing record turnout as they rejected 58 percent of school budgets. But the war is far from over -- and must extend far beyond property taxes. Having successfully challenged the New Jersey Education Association's decades-long control over the public purse, the governor is now moving to tackle the issues that drove so many voters to the polls: crushing property taxes and out-of-control spending. Christie yesterday released a package of 33 bills -- which...
  • Four Supreme Court justices face a tough vote in elections ( Colorado )

    05/10/2010 9:59:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 566+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 02/15/2010 | Felisa Cardona
    Judicial-retention elections are traditionally quiet, noncontroversial affairs that barely get attention before Election Day. But a series of decisions made by the Colorado Supreme Court over the past decade has energized opponents of four justices who will be up for retention this fall, including Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. Critics say the majority of the justices' rulings on property taxes, eminent domain and congressional redistricting have violated the state's constitution or are clearly partisan. "This Supreme Court is arguably the most partisan Supreme Court in all of the country, and they have a special knack for redefining English words to suit...
  • If you tax them, they will leave (New Jersey, says Gov. Christie)

    04/17/2010 11:26:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 1,196+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 26, 2010 | Fred Barnes
    Trenton If the citizens of New Jersey like candor, Chris Christie is the governor they’ve been waiting for. Or I should say citizens of “the failed state” of New Jersey, as he tends to call it. It’s a “broken state” and a state that’s “broke.” New Jersey was in “a shambles,” he says, when he became governor in January. It’s “a fiscal basket case,” suffering from the “madness” of tax increases and excessive government spending, a “wonderful state” that’s been brought to “the edge of bankruptcy” and faces “the ruination” of its economy and “the quality of life that we...
  • Crain's Chicago Business: Assessor Houlihan charges plot to delay property bills post-election

    03/31/2010 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Mrs_Stokke · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 3-31-10 | Greg Hinz
    A long-brewing political war over Cook County property taxes has gone nuclear with charges that tax bills are being delayed intentionally until after the November elections to disguise big tax breaks to politically connected businesses and higher levies on homeowners.snipAt his [Houlihan's] press conference, he said that the County Board of Review which doublechecks and revises proposed property assessments made by Mr. Houlihan's office "is engaged in a deliberate effort to delay second-installment property tax bills until after the Nov. 2 election."