Taxation by deception: when your leaders feel only contempt for you. You know, the average person reads about the Panama Papers and the fraud that goes with it, [and] you can only shake your head. Back-door dealings with banks deceive us all, and leaders line their pockets in the process. You would like to think government at the local level is above that — but is it? Let’s look at the facts.
After the housing crash of 2008, the city stopped its regular reassessing because the values had dropped, and they did not want those losses reflected in the tax bills. Then two years ago, city leaders did a new reassessment as housing values had recovered.
You will notice when that happened, the tax rate may have dropped, but your tax bill went up due to the fact that they did not lower the rate to match the increase in value. Now the housing market is really booming and — surprise! — they want to do another reassessment.
The property values will go up, but the rate of taxation may once again not go down to the appropriate level. If not, they will get a windfall of more tax money, and they will spend it.
You will pay it. Just like you paid for the bank bailout in 2008. Just like you paid for the savings and loan crash in the ’80s. Just like you pay more tax so all the Panama Papers cheats can take food out of our mouths to put fuel in their yachts. We always end up paying because of the way our leaders think of us.
Our leaders view us with contempt. They deceive us and laugh because they think we are just too stupid to know the difference. How does [our] Council view us? You can easily find out when the next budget is proposed by the Council.
That reassessment will be done, and they will be licking their chops at the big numbers. All you have to do is look at last year’s budget increase (probably 3-4 percent — I haven’t looked recently) and then compare it to what budget increase is proposed this spring. Good government or taxation by deception?
— Stephen Schulte