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Old 01-11-2008, 04:15 AM
 
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My vote is to get the home prices down first, then see what the actual taxes are on these properties, then we can talk about how to fix the system.

I agree the system needs fixing, but the main problem right now is the prices are way too high.
in the sebastian area home prices have dropped significantly. since our homes are our main investment it would be silly to hope that their value drops more. i am voting for the property tax amendment. we need to force government to cut their spending and cutting their supply of money is certainly the first step. government will not do it without our "help".
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Old 01-11-2008, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Maine
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So what would you rather have? How about a personal income tax? I guarentee you that will be more than the highest of property taxes. Here in Maine we have both high property taxes and high income taxes. That's what makes Maine #1 in taxes in the nation!
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:10 AM
 
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i understand what you are saying. what i would like to have is a way for the government to get less money (whatever way that may be) so that they have to spend less. we need to cut off the flow of money going in their direction because they will never cut spending on their own. in florida, the more money they get the more they spend, but our quality of life has not gotten better. i would like to hear anyone's idea to get government to cut their spending.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:17 AM
 
Location: central fl
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i understand what you are saying. what i would like to have is a way for the government to get less money (whatever way that may be) so that they have to spend less. we need to cut off the flow of money going in their direction because they will never cut spending on their own. in florida, the more money they get the more they spend, but our quality of life has not gotten better. i would like to hear anyone's idea to get government to cut their spending.
I think we are trading property tax for raised local taxes and "fees" that will be created by local government to make up for the cuts. Some towns are already talking about creating street light fees, etc.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:22 AM
 
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I have no problem with the property taxes .L et home prices fall and taXES WILL FALL INTO PLACE .
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:26 AM
 
Location: central fl
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I have no problem with the property taxes .L et home prices fall and taXES WILL FALL INTO PLACE .
i agree.......................
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:43 AM
 
Location: central fl
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here is something i was just considering..
if the tax change passes, local government may or will raise some taxes and add fee's to make up for the cuts.
As house prices drop, the property tax will eventually fall into place by itself.
when this occurs, we could have reasonable property tax but with new higher local taxes and fees.

what does anyone think about this?
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Maine
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They tried to do the tax cap thing in Maine but it failed. It would have devastated public safety. Basically police wouldn't be patrolling anymore, they would just respond to calls. Then they would only be responding to the serious calls. Everything else would be handled over the phone. Sometimes if you called for an ambulance you wouldn't get one for a long time because you would have to wait for out of town coverage to come in (which happens now but only when it's extremely busy) So that's the reason why the tax cap failed in Maine.

One thing I will give our Governor credit for is he is taking on the biggest cause of the tax problem. Education. In most of the towns the schools eat up about 70% of the budget. So the governor has proposed a huge consolidation program that would shrink the school districts from hundreds down to about 50. It's a bold plan that has met with a lot of resistance from the teachers unions but it's a step in the right direction.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:55 AM
 
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I have no problem with the property taxes .L et home prices fall and taXES WILL FALL INTO PLACE .
Exactly how I feel.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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They are stillunwilling to reduce the values even on appeal.
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