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Old 05-04-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Most school districts passing parcel taxes - San Jose Mercury News
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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So what? My town passed the parcel tax to support the schools. Obviously 76% of us are alright with that since we have EXCELLENT schools. Still far cheaper than sending kids to private school at 30K a year.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Glendale, CA
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So what? My town passed the parcel tax to support the schools. Obviously 76% of us are alright with that since we have EXCELLENT schools. Still far cheaper than sending kids to private school at 30K a year.
I dislike parcel/property taxes, because those affect only a certain segment of the population (property owners). And those people are many times outnumbered by non-property owning voters (renters).

Why not pass a sales tax or something similar that EVERYONE would pay? Or why not vote to add a fee that parents have to pay for their kids? (so that way the actual USERS of the schools are paying.)

Maybe it's not an issue in these communities because everyone owns property. I'm not familiar enough with the area.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: RSM
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I dislike parcel/property taxes, because those affect only a certain segment of the population (property owners). And those people are many times outnumbered by non-property owning voters (renters).
So you think that the property owners that you rent from don't pass the cost on to you?
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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So you think that the property owners that you rent from don't pass the cost on to you?
It won't stop with this school tax. You will increases in property tax for various reasons and increase taxes on utilities. Some will pass the increase to renters but the renters can and will easily walk away and find a better deal. Many areas are already seeing high vacancy rates for rentals. Many landlords are getting screwed by tenants paying first month’s rent and then squatting until the courts can evict which can take months. I sold my property in early 2007 and won't buy again in California. The writing was on the wall back then. Many home owners are trying to do the same thing but are stuck because they can't sell for what they owe.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Glendale, CA
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So you think that the property owners that you rent from don't pass the cost on to you?
Most people (property owners) are not landlords, and don't have the opportunity to "pass the cost on" to anyone.

Per the article these are "flat parcel taxes" so you pay an extra $150 whether you own a single family home or a 50 unit apartment building.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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A parcel tax is a regressive tax. Way to go Bay Area!

There was a parcel tax on the ballot in San Diego in Nov 2010. It failed.
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