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Old 02-12-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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MARISSA, Ill., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An elderly Marissa, Ill., woman has struck a deal that will allow her to keep her family farm, which she almost lost due to a $38 tax bill she never received.

Documents filed in the St. Clair County, Ill., Circuit Court said the settlement between Virginia Juenger, 89, and tax buyer Prairie State Properties stipulates that "all rights, title and interest and the farm" will be restored to Juenger, the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat reported Monday.

Woman nearly lost farm over $38 tax bill - UPI.com
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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This is precisely why property taxes need to be eliminated.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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There's some bulletproof reasoning. Eliminate the funding mechanism for roads, fire, police and ambulance districts because a clerk screwed up one elderly woman's bill.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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roads should be paid by the overpriced tolls and ambulances arent a chairty
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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They have sales taxes, gas taxes and fees to cover expenses. There is no need to tax people for the right to live in a house. Property taxes were the way Government removed private property rights from the people.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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Governments exist to protect property rights. Property taxes are the dues that we pay to have those legal protections in place.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:00 AM
 
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Governments exist to protect property rights. Property taxes are the dues that we pay to have those legal protections in place.
Just my opinion, i seriously doubt this.
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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They have sales taxes, gas taxes and fees to cover expenses. There is no need to tax people for the right to live in a house. Property taxes were the way Government removed private property rights from the people.
When you purchase a property, you are considered a "shareholder" of the municipality. As such, you have a direct financial stake over the community versus a renter who is not a shareholder of the community. The dues that go into the community must be paid by the shareholders, and they receive the services provided by the community. Actually, renters actually still pay for these taxes, albeit indirectly through a premium from their landlords.

I am in agreement that property ownership should not necessitate being financially raped by the municipality for public works, but there is a minimum set of services I'm sure you're unwilling to sacrifice for no property taxes. Where are you going to put in your trash? How will you supply your water (unless you're on a well/septic system)? What about law enforcement? Would you prefer no police officers in your township? Public schools aren't necessary but you have to fund education for your children yourself or homeschool.
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