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School tax assessment increased 165%

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:45 am


 You know the doo-doo must really be hitting the fan when there are at least two lengthy articles in the Courier (Oct. 6) attempting to gloss over the outrageous school districts’ property tax increases.  

In my particular case, school tax assessments were increased 165 percent.

 I don’t think my property’s value increased an equal amount, especially in a depressed economy. In fact, my home’s worth has probably decreased.

 To his credit, Courier Assistant Editor Jon Johnson invoked a familiar quote from old Ben Franklin: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

 Perhaps, but maybe Jon should have also included the historical fact that our ancestors began punching bullet holes in the fancy red coats of the British soldiers due, at least in part, to the taxation policies of the king.

 Hope we don’t have to go through that again!

 Mike Bibb


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  • Rob Leach posted at 5:32 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    Rob Leach Posts: 12

    Mike, your increase is a direct result of the failure of Stevens and Gowan to properly fund education at the state level. They failed and you pay. Stop paying for their failures and vote them out of office!

  • Lester posted at 5:54 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Lester Posts: 26

    I forgot to add: The City of Safford is also jacking up the property tax rate in addition to the school assessment.

    Vote them all out!

  • Lester posted at 3:42 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Lester Posts: 26


    I agree. However, your ire needs to be directed to the state legislature for pushing this down to the county and local governments. They balanced their budget on the backs of local governments.