Monday, June 06, 2005

It's happening in your state too!

Indiana has just passed along to the local property owner, one of the largest property tax increases in history. Meanwhile legislators are telling their constituents they kept their "no-tax pledge."

However, Indiana isn't alone. It appears that there are property tax revolts underway in many states due to this same phenomenon. It seems that states everywhere are not keeping up with state financial contributions to education.

"Almost every state is looking at some form of property-tax cap," says Myron Orfield, an expert on property taxes and a law professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "It's a 'perfect storm' for property taxes: There are rapidly increasing home values while states are not keeping up with their contributions to school districts."

7 Comments:

At Monday, June 06, 2005, Blogger Joe Thomas said...

This is a phenomenon well-practiced in Arizona, but rarely reported on.

An indy editor got it right, though.

A Taxing Problem

 
At Wednesday, June 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While some rant about politicians being corrupt in the way they do business, these same people believe that their representative is a good honest person. I for one believe that the public gets the leadership that they deserve, and until they change the expectations, we will continue to live with what we have...

 
At Saturday, June 11, 2005, Blogger EdWonk said...

I think that what Anon was trying to say is similar to that old saw, "He may be a crook, but he is our crook."

 
At Sunday, June 12, 2005, Blogger Joe Thomas said...

Ed, I see it differently. When I hear people say what Anon did I sense frustration with voters in their voices.

"We have the government we deserve" meas to me that it's senseless to complain too much after the election. Similarly, if you didnt bother to vote, don't complain about what we ended up with.

 
At Sunday, June 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe, you hit the nail on the head. It is just like interviewing teachers...you can do the leg work on the front end and do the reference checks, or you can wait and have to spend hours cleaning up the messes that they have created after the fact. THe masses appear to be too lazy or otherwise occupied to do the research on the issues and the candidates so they can make a difference. They are led by the thirty second sound bites and slick ad campaigns. This is probably why the Founding Fathers didn't trust the judgment of the masses and created the Electoral College, and had the indirect election of senators.
In the election of 1960, little old ladies voted for JFK due to the debates that were televised...They would say that "He is such a good looking young man." There are all kinds of reasons that people vote the way that they do, and few are altruistic.

 
At Monday, June 13, 2005, Blogger shari L said...

I went to a public education seminar (sponsored by Rand, of all people). One of the speakers, State Senator Sheila Kuehl told us that Republicans, in order to run as a Republican, must sign an oath and pledge 'no taxes' else face huge punishment from the party.

California is currently facing a cap on spending sponsored by Governor Schwarzenegger, our version of TABOR in Colorado.

 
At Tuesday, June 14, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

Someone recently used a quote and I do not remember who he gave credit too...

"Our democracy is the worst form of government there is....except for all the rest."

 

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