Posts tagged ‘Property Tax Increase’

December 7, 2010

Open Letter To Clark County Commissioners

by lewwaters

I was able appear before the Clark County Commissioners, Wednesday Dec 8 to state the following in person. If you have anything additional to say to our County Commission, feel free to contact them at boardcom@clark.wa.gov

Good morning commissioners

My name is Lew Waters and I am one of those who would be paying the increased property tax, should you pass it. While a 1% increase might seem minimal, once added to other proposed increases we homeowners will face, it will add up to more than we should have to bear.

As I understand it, a major area of expense for Clark County is in health care insurance premiums. That is an expense we all bear, but apparently some of us must bear more than others. I say that because I understand the county pays 100% of the premiums for public union employees.

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December 5, 2010

Raising Clark County Property Taxes at this Time is a Very Bad Idea

by lewwaters

Here we go again. With a 13% unemployment rate in Clark County, our illustrious county commissioners, allegedly with a Republican majority, are pondering whether or not to raise property taxes on economically repressed Clark County.

A Sunday Columbian article informs us, after seemingly scolding taxpayers for voting in limitations on property tax increases in the past, “Property taxes are the single largest source of revenue for local government.

I believe most homeowners realize that already.

They also inform us, “In a 2009 national survey of 2,002 adults by Harris Interactive for the Tax Foundation, on the subject of the fairness of state and local taxes, property taxes ranked behind the gas tax as ‘the least fair’.

Of course, the ‘lovely’ Stephanie Rice first tells us, “If Clark County commissioners, after four public hearings on the 2011-12 budget, decide this week they need to raise the county’s property tax levy 1 percent, take heart and seek perspective,” in a futile attempt to make us “feel better” about yet another tax increase placed upon us by also telling us, “Property taxes in Clark County fall in the middle among 792 U.S. counties ranked by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C.

NOTE: A Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 REWRITE of the above quoted article eliminated much of the above quote.

What I don’t see mentioned in the perky Ms. Rice’s article is, when it comes to our 13% unemployment rate, we are well above that middle in similar rankings nationwide.

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