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Old 12-29-2006, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Pasco County
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In NY they charge you property taxes then some communities actually add a school tax even if you have no children in public school.
In NY, the largest portion of the property tax paid by homeowners is the school tax and it doesn't matter if you have kids in school or not. Local, city and town taxes make up only small portion of the NY property tax burden.
That is in addition to a sales tax that reaches 8.25.to 8.50% in a number of areas.
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:59 PM
 
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In NY, the largest portion of the property tax paid by homeowners is the school tax and it doesn't matter if you have kids in school or not. Local, city and town taxes make up only small portion of the NY property tax burden.
That is in addition to a sales tax that reaches 8.25.to 8.50% in a number of areas.
I feel that if you do not have any children in school then the taxes should be lower for you.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:45 PM
 
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Just wait until the property tax reform committee and the lobbyist from palm beach and taxwatch gets "Save Our Homes" that locks your increases in at 3% a year repealed. You will be begging for a sales tax replacement like "Save The Dream II" becacuse paying 3 cents on the dollar is easy compared to a $7,500.00 tax bill every year. Oh yeah I'am against repealing "SAVE OUR HOMES" but it will happen.
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Old 12-29-2006, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Save our homes has to go. It's unfair and uncostitutional, and will bankrupt the citizens. Replace it with a property tax based on the purchase price of the property, adjusted each year for inflation, then make the homestead exemption 50% of assessed value. That's it! problem solved.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Question Florida needs a state income tax because...

Florida will need a state income tax to offset the imbalances of the current tax system. Being a state with one of the highest populations of senior citizens, those fixed income, loud-voiced voters will soon realize that they are getting the shaft in the Florida economy. While the wealthy six to seven figure investor has been making a fortune in a healthy Florida economy (and returning minimal amounts of these massive profits to the state), many seniors have been forced to sell their only viable asset... their homes. They are seeing little increases in their social security & pensions, but must absorb the costs of taxes on their homes, their necessities (food and clothing), plus health costs. Consider that insurance costs are going through the roof, what alternatives does the senior have when the tax man cometh?

The working poor and the fixed income seniors are caught in a web of disparity. They must pay a much higher percentage of their incomes for taxes, yet those that earn the most in the Florida economy (the 6-7 figure annual incomes) contribute significantly lower percentages. It has been posted that nontaxed internet sales are taking a big toll upon the tax rolls in Florida, also... will the fixed/low income resident of Florida be expected to make up that deficit, too?
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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We need to look at reality and go forward to take care of the need of the community . We must set priorities....and go forward. Difficult for any soul that will try to please the whole state....
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:01 AM
 
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Why not ask government to reduce spending our tax dollars?

Most govt workers get pensions and health benifits that are unavailable to 90 percent of the workers in the private sector. And these lavish gov benifits and salries are payed with dollars that are forceably taken from the taxpayer. Whereas the wages earned in the private sector are honestly made from a WILLING buyer not a coerced tax payer.

Something is wrong with this picture. Government should serve the people, not the other way around.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me
to my doom..."

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax,
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest expense
Inventory tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage taxes
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What happened? And I still have to "press 1" for English.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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Save our homes has to go. It's unfair and uncostitutional, and will bankrupt the citizens. Replace it with a property tax based on the purchase price of the property, adjusted each year for inflation, then make the homestead exemption 50% of assessed value. That's it! problem solved.

Great post....I completely agree - especially about the homestead! 25K for homestead with the price of homes today is a joke!
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Cool Careful what you wish for!!

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Save our homes has to go. It's unfair and uncostitutional, and will bankrupt the citizens. Replace it with a property tax based on the purchase price of the property, adjusted each year for inflation, then make the homestead exemption 50% of assessed value. That's it! problem solved.

Great post....I completely agree - especially about the homestead! 25K for homestead with the price of homes today is a joke!
We are having massive headaches in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA) with the plan that you are suggesting. It seems that we are enduring one court case after another. In Pittsburgh, we have seen a fraction of home appreciation that you are in Florida, but it is a massive tax increase each time our homes are reassessed. Politicans are stumbling over themselves to try to correct the marked inequities in property assessment... I would not wish this nightmare on anyone. Right now, they are attempting to blend reduced property taxes with an increase in the local income tax and potential slots revenue... Hold onto your wallets!!
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:02 PM
 
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Maybe the young should move to a place where they can make a better income. Florida doesn't pay very well at all.
Its true to an extent. I moved away, got an education elsewhere, worked for a few years and have now found something that pays enough to come back. There is a lack of industry and corporations in general in Florida, which cuts down on the number of high paying jobs.

Covebound, your post about property taxes hurting the older folks is also true. My big problem with that is many, many of the older retired folks on fixed incomes in Florida didn't even become Floridians until after they retired. Thus, it is their choice to come here and I have little sympathy for them. Why shouldn't somebody who chooses to relocate here to retire contribute proportionally equal amounts to the state's tax base as long time residents do? My parents are in the other boat. They have worked in Florida for 30+ years. Fortunately, like another poster said, they own their house now and can still make it on a very modest fixed income and not a lot of savings.
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