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Increased property tax rates unacceptable

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:45 am

Editor:

In the next couple of weeks, you will be getting your property tax bills for the year, and if you are like me, your jaw will be hitting the floor.

I have been told over the last couple of years that this year’s property taxes would finally be representative of the bottom dropping out of our home values. Well, they pulled the old “bait and switch” on us where the appraisal of our properties finally was dropped to reflect the actual market value, but the new tax rates have been raised so much that we get hosed again.

My house went down $33,000 in appraised value, but my taxes are going up 25 percent over last year.

Whether liberal, moderate or conservative, we all need to tell our supervisors how we feel about this egregious and overbearing tax increase. This is simply unacceptable and reminds me of what we hear from California residents.

With most of us not receiving any raise in income since before the recession began, how on Earth can the supervisors think we can afford this? This might be one of the only things I agree with the Tea Party on.

Tell your county supervisor how you feel.

Dan Haralson

Safford

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3 comments:

  • Lucy posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Lucy Posts: 5

    Alder ran on lowering property taxes. Guess she couldn't produce.

     
  • tjhaase posted at 6:47 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    tjhaase Posts: 1

    Pissed off too. Here is what I found from the Graham County web site. When you review your 2012 tax bill you may notice the biggest increase in taxes is for school districts. In 2010
    the Arizona State Legislature made a revision mandating the Property Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) to
    oversee a tax formula provided by the Legislature for school districts. The tax rate for each school is
    calculated using those numbers. The legislators determine how much of the budget the district tax payers
    need to come up with and how much the state general fund pays. Here is some more news for you. If Prop. 400 win a yes vote we will be paying more Property Taxes. VOTE NO on PROP 400 - NO MORE NEW TAXES.

     
  • Rob Leach posted at 5:59 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Rob Leach Posts: 12

    Mr. Haralson, I agree with you that your huge increase in property taxes is unacceptable. However, this is a direct result of your state legislators cutting funding to education and taking $1.5 billion from the highway urban renewal fund since 2008. The state is making all the counties look like the bad guy. These cuts to education represent a direct failure of Gowan, Stevens, and Griffin. Want education properly funded through the state, then don't vote for them anymore! Visit www.Leach4OurHouse.com and learn more.